Become an Apprentice in ESB Networks

The 2021 Recruitment Campaign is now closed for Applications.

If you have any queries you can email

Why apply for the Apprenticeship?

Get the experience, the skills and the world class qualifications you need to succeed as an Electrician/Network Technician.  

  • 4 year paid programme
  • Class room based learning combined with practical experience
  • Operate in a team environment
  • Combines college and on job training
  • Work indoors and outdoors
  • Internationally recognised qualification QQI advanced level 6 Electrical trade certificate

Candidates need to be 16 years of age on June 1st, 2021.


Apprentice FAQ's

The 2021 Recruitment Campaign is closed for Applications.

All applicants must be aged 16 or over on or before the 1st June 2021.  This means applicants must be born on or before 1st June 2005.
Applicants can apply using their Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied results.  For applicants who completed their examinations outside of Ireland, they must meet the entry criteria in their relevant examinations set out in the Apprenticeship brochure | Download PDF 2 MB 
No. Once applications are submitted the information is final.  We advise all applicants that they should have their application reviewed by someone else before submission.
We are unable to give specific dates as to when applicants will hear about their application status.  We advise all applicants to use an email address that they themselves can check regularly as this is where all communication regarding their application will be sent.
Applicants have one hour to complete their online assessment. If they are inactive for longer than five minutes the session will time out and they will be unable to complete their assessment. All assessments must be completed within five days of receiving the email containing the assessment test. A strong Wi-Fi connection is essential to complete this assessment and we advise candidates to do this assessment on a laptop or PC in a quiet location
No. All efforts should be made to have the applications completed and returned between the 1st of March and the 15th of March. If applicants face any problems that may delay their application they should email  as soon as possible. We cannot assist applicants who have a problem once the closing date has passed.
All successful candidates must complete a full body medical examination conducted by a member of the ESB Health Centre team. All aspects of the individuals physical health will be examined, including an eye test.

Benefits of ESB Networks Apprenticeship

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

  • Competitive pay and reward
  • Staff electricity discount
  • 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.