Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is a multi-stakeholder initiative steered by the European Commission. The originator of the pledge is solely responsible for implementing the actions outlined in the pledge.

Author:ESB Networks
Start Year:2018

Michael Conry, Manager Technical Training and Development



Types of organisation:Companies and business organisations
ESB has a long history of involvement in offering apprenticeships resulting in qualifications mainly in electrical and mechanical trades.
ESB pledges to further strengthen its commitment to recruit 300 apprentices over the 5 years to 2020 as part of a large scale recruitment and development programme. The apprenticeship system has been part of ESB’s philosophy and ethos and this investment in apprenticeships and in-career training is critical to ensuring that ESB has the requisite skills available to maintain, develop and enhance Ireland’s electricity system so that it meets the needs of modern society.
Broadening awareness and increasing the prestige of apprenticeships, and in particular of the apprenticeships offered in ESB via our annual recruitment campaign and ongoing engagement with media, schools, the public, and other stakeholders.  A special focus on ensuring that diversity factors, and especially gender, are adequately addressed in communications plans; and that plans engage with specific factors influencing such groups.
Continue to provide Ireland’s leading electricity-utility apprenticeship training programme, building on the Advanced Level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate, and supplementing with in-house developed and delivered training programmes focussed on the needs of the electricity transmission and distribution sectors.
Further strengthen the safety commitment and performance around the apprentice group, both for the benefit of the apprentice group today and to reinforce the safety foundations for the company workforce of tomorrow.  Implement new behavioural safety programme as part of apprentice training.
Short company / organisation description:Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is a strong, diversified, vertically integrated Irish utility company. ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply. ESB’s mission is to bring sustainable and competitive energy solutions to all customers and our vision is to be Ireland’s foremost energy company competing successfully in the all-island market.
A wholly owned subsidiary, ESB Networks employs over 3,200 people from specialist network technicians on the front line connecting, maintaining and repairing the electricity system for Ireland’s homes and businesses to engineers, data scientists and IT professionals utilising emerging technologies to create one of the world’s smartest and most resilient energy networks. ESB Networks finances, builds and maintains the transmission system through which electricity flows from generation stations to bulk supply points near cities and towns across Ireland. ESBN also carries out all the functions relating to the electricity distribution system. This includes planning, construction, maintenance and operation of the distribution networks, metering of customer end use.
Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image
Partners:Very broadly: Partner training organisations (SOLAS, Education and Training Boards (ETBs), Institutes of Technology (IoTs)), unions, Irish Government, ESBs customers and suppliers

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