Rathfarnham Native wins Apprentice Network Technician of the Year

• Four finalists rigorously tested on a range of skills
• Prize-giving announced at prestigious ceremony in ESB Networks Training Centre in Portlaoise
• This year’s apprentice recruitment drive saw a 70 percent increase in applications


Portlaoise,  25 May 2017 – Dan Phillips from Rathfarnham has been announced as ESB Networks Apprentice Network Technician of the Year following successful completion of a series of tasks in a high-pressure setting today.

He won out against three other finalists shortlisted - James O’Hanlon (Tramore, Co Waterford) Luke Ryan (Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin) and Graham Sutton (Roundwood, Co. Wicklow).

The high-profile event took place at the ESB Networks Training Centre in Portlaoise in sweltering sunshine this afternoon (Thursday 25 May) and saw the four apprentices engage in a range of exercises, which were assessed by a judging panel.

The tasks were selected to simulate real life conditions faced by ESB Networks Technicians. They included sub-station wiring, cable commissioning, transformer tests and ATV driving and inspection.

ESB Networks Managing Director Marguerite Sayers, who presented the Shane Conlon Perpetual Award, said that the standard of this year’s competition was exceptionally high. “I warmly congratulate Dan Phillips for winning out on the day. With safety a core ESB value,  meticulous attention to detail by all finalists was required. It is hugely satisfying to see first-hand the range of skills displayed by each of the four finalists.”

Marguerite says that, such is the popularity of ESB Networks apprenticeship recruitment campaigns, they are generally over-subscribed many times over. “This year’s recruitment drive, which closed in early April, was no exception. It attracted over 5,650 applicants for up to 60 places, a 70 percent increase on last year. It is particularly pleasing to see a fourfold increase in the female applicants in 2017.”

Commenting on his achievement today, Dan says: “I am delighted to have won the Apprentice Network Technician of the Year 2017 today. I’ve found my apprenticeship journey so far at ESB Networks hugely rewarding. No two days are the same. The tasks today reflect the varied work of a Network Technician so I am very proud to have won out in the face of very tough competition.”

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