ESB is delighted to announce the launch of its 2019 Graduate Development Programme. Each year, the company select about 80 graduates to join the programme
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ESB are delighted to announce the launch of our 2019 Graduate Development Programme. Each year, the company select around 80 graduates to join their programme.

Over the last three years, ESB has recruited more than 200 of the best and brightest of Ireland’s graduates to join our business as future leaders and technical experts.

Applications for the graduate programme open on September 13 and close on October 24, 2018. There are opportunities across a broad range of disciplines including engineering, business, IT, finance, marketing and human resources.

Interested graduates can apply on the ESB careers page at www.esb.ie/graduateprogramme2019.

Who we are


ESB is Ireland’s foremost energy company. We believe that electricity is an enabler of societal and economic well-being and that every citizen should have access to secure, sustainable and affordable electricity supplies.

We have been supplying power to industry, communities and individuals for more than 90 years. Through innovation, expertise and investment, we are leading the way in developing smart and sustainable energy systems to meet the demands of modern life, making us a vital part of building a brighter, more sustainable future for the communities in which we operate.

As a strong, diversified, vertically integrated utility, ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply. We extract further value at certain points along this chain: supplying gas, using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications, developing electric vehicle public charging infrastructure and more.

We have a regulated asset base of approximately €9 billion with 43 per cent of electricity generation capacity in the all-island market. We currently supply electricity to approximately 1.5 million customers throughout the island of Ireland. ESB Group employs approximately 7,000 people.

Why join us?


As one of the largest employers of engineers in Ireland, ESB is dedicated to investing in engineering expertise and developing critical skills to support Ireland’s future growth and development. We are working to create a brighter energy future that enables progress, growth and possibility for the next generation.

We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals to join our Engineering Graduate Programme. As an engineering graduate, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting projects, both in Ireland and overseas, while pursuing your professional accreditation.

Our Graduate Development Programme


The objective of our programme is to launch you on a fast track to career success.

A career with ESB will allow you to grow professionally and develop the necessary skills to help deliver ESB’s strategic objectives.

Working with us, you will be part of an award winning team in a culture that thrives on teamwork and innovation.

We have developed a Graduate Programme which includes:

  • Structured rotations
  • Challenging assignments
  • Robust learning and development
  • Experience working on major projects
  • Exposure to different aspects of our business
  • A mentor who will help you on your journey
  • A competitive salary and an extensive benefits package

Whichever part of the business you work in, we want you to succeed and at the same time enjoy being part of our community.

At ESB, we have a strong culture of giving back. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility Fund, Energy For Generations, we allocate more than €1 million annually to support organisations working in the areas of suicide prevention, homelessness and educational disadvantage. We encourage staff to take part in initiatives such as ‘Time to Read’ and ‘Makeshop Workshop’ schemes for local schools.


Colin Walshe

Colin Walshe

“I thoroughly enjoyed the graduate programme. I enjoyed the range of projects I was exposed to and the responsibility that was placed on me as a graduate.

I was involved in a number of HV projects over the past three years with the most interesting being the brand new 220 kV GIS substation being installed in Kilpaddoge, Co Kerry, which is a piece of vital national infrastructure.

ESB is also a vibrant community. I’ve been involved in the ESB GAA Sevens, the five-a-side World Cup along with attending other social events which are a great way to meet new people across the company.” Colin Walshe, electrical engineer


Claudia Sheridan

Claudia Sheridan

“ESB’s Graduate Programme offers excellent prospects of challenge and development both internationally and nationally.

ESB has given me excellent opportunities working on large scale projects, like the construction and commissioning of Carrington combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station, an 880MW power station in Manchester which powers one million homes.

Through the excellent training & development programme offered by ESB I have availed of an exceptional amount of professional training. On completion of the graduate programme this year the company have offered to sponsor me to complete a master of electrical engineering.” Claudia Sheridan, electrical engineer


Wenjing Huang

Wenjing Huang

“I joined ESB as a Graduate Engineer in 2016. I really enjoy working for ESB, all of the staff members are really supportive and helpful and genuinely want you to succeed.

For me, one of the big advantages of the Graduate Development Programme is being assigned with both a buddy and a mentor. My buddy showed me around and introduced me to other members of staff.  My mentor has been with me from day one and has guided me through the entire programme and helped me through any problem I had along the way.

During my first year in ESB I have had the opportunity to work in Bahrain on a project providing Engineering and Design service for a power station.” Wenjing Huang, electrical engineer


Kieran McGrath

Kieran McGrath

“I chose the ESB Graduate Programme because of their dedication to your professional and personal development and to furthering your career towards chartership.

In just three years I have received the most varied experience possible. I have worked on more than 13 dams across Ireland, seven wind farm projects, two gas power stations in the up and a biomass power plant in London.

I am currently working on a £1.4 billon power station project in the UK where I am helping design the civil engineering aspect of this 1,600MW power station.

I helped develop and now successful runs ESB’s drone surveying dept. with two other colleagues which is revolutionising the way engineers capture and used data.” Kieran McGrath, civil and structural engineer


Ian Comerford

Ian Comerford

“The company’s reputation and history, the variety of the work and the potential to work abroad really stood out for me. I was also attracted to the company’s social events such as the Cross Company Power Challenge, sponsored runs and tag rugby. There’s a really good variety between office and onsite works which keeps things interesting.

No two days are the same and projects are countrywide, which is great as you get to visit different parts of Ireland which you otherwise wouldn’t get to see. Working on a new 1,800 MW CCGT power station was one of the best experiences of my life, it gave me the opportunity to experience a new and different culture and to work on a project I would never get a chance to work on in Ireland.” Ian Comerford, structural engineer


Applications on the ESB careers page at: www.esb.ie/graduateprogramme2019.

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ESB are delighted to announce the launch of our 2019 Graduate Development Programme. Each year, the company select around 80 graduates to join their programme. Over the last three years, ESB has recruited more than 200 of the best and brightest of Ireland's graduates to join our business as future...