About the ESB Apprenticeship Programme
Note: ESB Electrical Apprenticeship Programme is due to open again in March 2023
The ESB Apprenticeship programme is by far one of the most popular apprenticeship programmes each year. Below we have outlined some general information about the ESB apprenticeship opportunity for those interested. Candidates are encouraged to consult the official ESB website for definitive information during recruitment campaigns. Recruitment usually starts in spring each year with successful candidates usually commencing training in autumn of each year.
As an Apprentice Electrician/Network Technician, this programme offers you on the job learning as well as classroom-based learning. Apprentices benefit from varied work experience, working both indoors and outdoors and will learn a variety of electrical and practical skills. ESB Networks is well-known for its high-quality apprenticeships which result in qualifications in the electrical and mechanical trades.
The ESB apprenticeship offers:
- 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
Assessment and Interview Preparation Course
Candidates that apply for the ESB Apprenticeship Programme are usually required to do a series of aptitude tests and an interview as part of the selection process.
IMPORTANT: Please note that based on previous competitions eligible candidates that apply will receive an invitation via email to complete online aptitude tests. They are then usually given 5 days in which to complete the tests. Anyone interested in our preparation course is thus advised to undertake their preparation course before submitting an application. Our courses are optional.
Our apprenticeship preparation course
is exceptional preparation
for anyone looking to prepare for apprenticeship aptitude tests and interviews. Not only is our course appropriate for the popular ESB Apprenticeships, they are also appropriate for many other apprenticeship competitions such as Aer Lingus, Bord na Mona, Bus Eireann, eir, Iarnrod Eireann as well as hundreds of other private company apprenticeship competitions. In addition, our courses have far-reaching benefits and transferable skills providing you with life-long interview skills which can be used for any job application!
Topics covered in the course:
- Assessment Styles (Verbal, Numeracy, Mechanical, Spatial, Logical)
- Competency-based Interviews
- General Interview Tips
- Application Form & C.V.s
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ESB Apprenticeship Entry Requirements
The ESB Apprenticeship Eligibility Criteria (2022)
(minimum age 16)
- Junior Certificate (Ordinary Level)
Ordinary-Level Grade C / O5 or higher (or Higher-Level Grade D / H6 or higher) in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects:
Irish or English 2) Mathematics 3) Science* 4) Any 2 other subjects
*If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, Grade C / O5 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
Ordinary-Level Grade D / O6 or higher in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects:
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 and Communication, Graphics, Engineering, Home Economics, Technical Drawing and Technology.
ESB Apprenticeship Training
The ESB apprenticeship is a 4-year programme combining on-the-job and off-the-job training to complete 7 SOLAS phases.
- Phase 1: On-the job training min (12 weeks)
- Phase 2: Off-the-job training in a SOLAS Training centre (22 weeks)
- Phase 3: On-the-job training min (26 weeks)
- Phase 4: Off-the-job training in an IT College (11 weeks)
- Phase 5: On-the-job training (min 26 weeks)
- Phase 6: Off-the-job training in an IT College (11 weeks)
- Phase 7: On-the-job training min (12 weeks)
You will also complete the following in the National Training Centre in Portlaoise:
- 1st Year: 2 weeks Apprentice Induction & 5 weeks Apprentice Level 1
- 2nd Year: 8 weeks Apprentice Level 2
- 3rd Year: 5 weeks Apprentice Level 3
- 4th Year: 4 weeks Apprentice Level 4
ESB Apprenticeship Recruitment Process
The ESB apprenticeship selection process is usually carried out in two stages:
1) The aptitude tests
After submitting an eligible application candidates are invited to undertake a series of online aptitude tests. In previous campaigns candidates were given a set number of days (usually 5 days) to complete the list of online psychometric assessments.
These assessments have included:
- Personality Questionnaire
- Understanding of instructions (verbal comprehension)
- Mechanical & technical understanding
- Spatial reasoning
- Logical reasoning
Successful candidates at the aptitude tests stage will be invited to sit an interview.
This popular apprenticeship means that the selection process is competitive. There is a high volume of applicants each year and in order to progress to the interview stage candidates must perform well at the aptitude tests.
Preparing for the ESB Assessments and Interview
We at Career Services help prepare hundreds of candidates for the ESB apprenticeship and other apprenticeship selection tests and interview. Our popular preparation courses
give you all the tools you need to maximise your performance in the assessments and to ensure you are best prepared for the interview should you proceed to this stage. Not only are our preparation courses appropriate for the popular ESB Apprenticeships, they are also appropriate for many other apprenticeship competitions such as Aer Lingus, Bord na Mona, Bus Eireann, eir, Iarnrod Eireann as well as hundreds of other private company apprenticeship competitions.
Most apprenticeships would use very similar styles of aptitude tests and interviews. In addition, our courses have far-reaching benefits and provide you with life-long interview skills. We have two course options to choose from. See our apprenticeship section
or find out more about how to give yourself the best chance at success in the apprenticeship selection tests with our course options below.
IMPORTANT: Applying for a Career Services preparation course is not applying for an apprenticeship. Career Services is a private company that helps people to prepare for entrance exams and interviews and bears no association or influence with the organisations mentioned on this website. Our courses are not mandatory they are optional courses.
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