The ESB has announced today that applications to its prestigious ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme are now open.

This year will see ESB Networks recruit up to 70 new electrical apprentices.  Applications will be accepted online from today, Thursday February 1st and will remain open until Wednesday, March 14th.

There is expected to be strong interest in Donegal.

ESB is known for its high-quality apprenticeship programme,  which offers on-the-job experience as well as classroom based learning.

Speaking about the announcement, ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty said: “The quality of our apprenticeship programme ensures that ESB has the skills and expertise necessary to maintain a world-leading electricity system, capable of meeting Ireland’s evolving energy needs.”

Successful apprentices obtain a QQI Advanced Level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate with a utility that serves 2.3 million domestic and business customers in Ireland.

Mr O’Doherty, who also chairs the Government’s Apprentice Council, adds: “Apprenticeships are  invaluable in developing high quality skills which are needed in a modern economy and ESB has been very well served by our investment in apprenticeships over many decades.  Irish industry and businesses can greatly benefit by the expansion of apprenticeships into other sectors of the economy.”

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