ESB Networks is looking to recruit electrical apprentices to join its apprenticeship programme, with applications being accepted online until Monday 8 April.

Open to applicants 16 years old and over, the four-year paid programme combines college-based learning and hands-on experience.

Upon completion, apprentices will obtain an internationally recognised QQI advanced level 6 electrical trade certificate.

With a blend of classroom-based education and practical training, apprentices will benefit from a hands-on learning experience, gaining exposure to various electrical systems and environments. 

Meeting energy targets

Speaking about the announcement of this year’s programme, ESB Networks managing director Nicholas Tarrant emphasises the importance of training people with the necessary skills and expertise in this sector.

"It is an exciting time to join our organisation as an apprentice, as we work together on the challenges and opportunities driven by Ireland’s transition to a clean energy future.

"Our apprenticeship programme equips participants with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in this ever-evolving industry. 

"Apprentices play a crucial role by ensuring that we have the necessary skills and expertise to deliver the electricity network to achieve the targets set out in our 'Networks for Net Zero Strategy',” he says.

Aimie Mallon, apprentice with ESB Networks

Prior to starting her apprenticeship with ESB Networks, Aimie studied security systems technology at Waterford College of Further Education.

“I was drawn to ESB Networks because of the opportunity to work in and outdoors, the variety of the job, the organisation’s prestigious reputation and its record for health and safety,” she says.

Since starting the programme, she has enjoyed both the hands-on experiences and the theoretical work.

“Collaborating as a team to bring electricity back to customers after a storm is a wonderful feeling. I would strongly recommend the apprenticeship to anyone looking for an interesting and adventurous career in the electrical industry,” she says.

For more information, visit the ESB Networks website here.