ESB Apprenticeships

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. The information below is based on previous recruitment campaigns and candidates are encouraged to consult the official ESB website for definitive information during recruitment campaigns.

The ESB has committed to taking on approximately 300 apprentices between 2015-2020. Recruitment usually starts in spring each year with successful candidates usually commencing training in autumn of each year.

2020 ESB Apprenticeship

NOW OPEN: The ESB is now taking applications for the 2020 ESB Apprenticeship Programme on their webiste. The closing date for applications is Friday, March 13th 2020. Candidates need to be 16 years of age on June 1st, 2020. A full list of eligibility criteria can be found on the official ESB website. 

ESB apprenticeship applications can only be made online on the ESB website. 

About the ESB Apprenticeship Programme

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:


See here for the official ESB Brochure

Entry Requirements

The ESB Apprenticeship Eligibility Criteria (Based off previous campaigns)

Age: Candidates must be over 16 years of age on 1st June of the year of application. 

Educational Qualifications

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

Junior Certificate (Ordinary Level)

Ordinary Level C/ Higher Level D or higher in the following:

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

* If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, the following subjects are acceptable: Technology/Art,Craft & Design/Technical Graphics/Metalwork/Materials Technology (Wood)/Home Economics                                       


Leaving Certificate

O6/Ordinary Level D or higher in the following:

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

* If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, the following subjects are acceptable: Technology/Home Economics/Engineering/Technical Drawing/Design & Communication/Art Construction Studies/Graphics.


The ESB apprenticeship is a 4-year programme combining on-the-job and off-the-job training to complete 7 SOLAS phases.

You will also complete the following in the National Training Centre in Portlaoise:

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:

2) Interview

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 

Every year 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.

Please note: Based on the official ESB Brochure eligible candidates that apply when applications open will receive an invitation via email to complete online aptitude tests. According to the ESB brochure, these online assessments must be completed within a certain number of days upon receipt of the email. For this reason we advise anyone interested in our preparation course  to attend their preparation course before submitting an application. Our courses are strategically set to allow ample opportunity to apply after attending the course. However, anyone not interested in a preparation course can of course apply at any stage as soon as ESB applications are open. 

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. 

Source: ESB Networks