Saturday 21 April 2018

ESB in five-year plan for 300 apprentices

ESB Chief Executive Pat O'Doherty
ESB Chief Executive Pat O'Doherty
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

The ESB has announced it will recruit 300 apprentices over the next five years as part of a "large-scale recruitment and development programme".

Tánaiste Joan Burton attended the announcement yesterday in the ESB Networks Training Centre in Portlaoise, Co Laois, where the recruits will spend 23 weeks as part of the four-year apprenticeship programme.

Pat O'Doherty, chief executive of the ESB, said the apprenticeship training programme was a "critical part of the ongoing development and transformation" of the commercial semi-state body.

"This represents a €40m investment in the training and development of our future workforce," Mr O'Doherty said.

"We are Ireland's leading energy company and our staff are among the best in the world and are recognised globally for their skills in the energy sector," he said.

The 'Network Technician apprentices' will be recruited on a "phased basis" over the next five years.

They will spend 42 weeks in Solas and IT colleges, as well as time in the Co Laois centre and "on-the-job training segments".

Irish Independent

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