Working at ESB Networks

Apprenticeship - Earn while you learn, and grow a career Building Ireland's Energy Future?

The Apprentice Electrician/Network Technician programme offers you the chance to build your skills and experience in Ireland's leading energy company. You get to experience on the job learning as well as classroom based learning, and will be supported as part of a highly performing team.  You will benefit from varied work experience, working both indoors and outdoors, wherever electricity is used.  Over four years you will learn a variety of electrical and practical skills and you will obtain an internationally recognised QQI Advanced Level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate and be eligible for essential roles in a world class utility company. 


Apprenticeship Programme 2018

The Apprenticeship Programme for 2018  is now closed.  However, if you would like to be kept informed on apprenticeships in ESB Networks, including future recruitment campaigns, please register below. 

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The ESB Networks Electrical Apprenticeship is SOLAS standards-based, consisting of 208 weeks/4 year duration.  During the 4 years, there are 7 phases during which you may be undertaking training with SOLAS, or directly with ESB Networks for both on and off job training:


  • Phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 are on the job, gaining experience while working closely with a qualified Network Technician on site.
  • Within phases 1,3,5 and 7, you will receive a total of 24 weeks of ESB Networks off job training, which takes place in the ESB Networks Training Centre, Portlaoise.
  • SOLAS phases 2, 4 and 6 are off the job training modules, with phases in a SOLAS Training Centre and one of the IT Colleges.

Candidates must have obtained the following minimum standards of education at the time of applying;

Junior Certificate (Ordinary Level)

Grade C or higher at ordinary level (or Grade D or higher at higher level) in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects;

1.  Irish or English, 2. Mathematics, 3. Science * 4. Any 2 other subjects

* If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, Grade C or higher at ordinary level in any one of the following subjects is acceptable:

Technology, Art Craft and Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (wood), Home Economics or Metalwork




Leaving Certificate

Grade D/O6 or higher at ordinary level in the leaving certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects:


1.  Irish or English, 2. Mathematics, 3. Science subject (Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics & Chemistry) 4. Any 2 other subjects


If you have not obtained the required grade in any of the above Science subjects, the following is acceptable at Leaving Certificate Level (Grade D/O6 or higher at ordinary level):

Art, Construction Studies, Design & Communication, Graphics, Engineering, Home Economics, Technical Drawing and Technology.

Quotes from ESB Networks' Apprentices 

"My experience at this stage in my apprenticeship with ESB Networks has been nothing but positive, educational and enjoyable.  My workmates and management have been extremely helpful by passing on as much knowledge and hands-on skills as possible.  I really enjoy the physical and electrical aspect of my job.  I would highly recommend both young women and men to apply for this apprenticeship like I did, you will have no regrets". Katie

Katie Hynes, 4th Year Apprentice, ESB Networks


"So far I would say that it's a great job if you like change and a challenge, no two days are the same and not a day goes by that you don't learn something.  It's also a job that carries great satisfaction, whether it's putting electricity into a new house or restoring power to 100 houses in the middle of a storm, there is always a good sense of achievement."  Liam

Liam Holt, 4th Year Apprentice, ESB Networks

Benefits of Apprenticeship

On joining ESB Networks you will enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • Competitive pay and reward
  • Staff electricity discount
  • Pension plan
  • Membership of ESB's non-profit Medical Provident Fund
We care about your safety, your health and your wellbeing.  We want you to succeed at work and at the same time enjoy a satisfying work-life balance.  ESB Networks DAC is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace.  We want your experience in working with us to have a positive impact on the quality of your whole life.  Our longest running programme is our Employee Assistance Programme, whereby you have access to one-to-one, confidential support from a trained colleague at a time when you might benefit from a helping hand. We also offer Medical Screening, Flu Vaccines and personal advice.

We are a big organisation and from sports to languages there is an outlet for your interests and a chance to build a great social network within the company.  You can;

  • Volunteer to participate in our Time to Read scheme for local schools
  • Get involved with our own charity - Electric Aid
  • Join one of our many clubs and societies i.e. Sportsco, Running club, Tai Chi, language clubs
  • Our cross company events i.e. the ESB Power Challenge

Safety is one of our core values

ESB Networks is committed to providing a safe and secure electricity infrastructure. Protecting the safety of our staff, the general public, property and the natural environment is our priority.  We actively promote safety leadership in all our work activities.