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ESB Transition Year programme now open for applications

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ESB Transition Year programme now open for applications

Friday, September 29, 2017 

ESB Transition Year programme now open for applications

The Engineers Ireland STEPS team is happy to announce the launch of a new industry-based Engineering Your Future programme for Transition Year students, at ESB.

The programme will run in Dublin from 6th to 10th November 2017, and applications are now open.

Closing Date: 5th October 2017.

Engineering Your Future is a week-long, hands-on programme for Transition Year students who have an interest in science and maths. It is designed to introduce them to the exciting and diverse world of engineering. The programme, supported by STEPS, which gives students the opportunity to experience engineering at third-level, has now been expanded to offer students the chance to spend a week in industry at ESB.

The college-based programme will open for applications in January and run in May 2018. Students who apply for or attend the ESB programme may still apply for the college programme in January.


Location ESB International,
One Dublin Airport Central,
Dublin Airport, Cloghran, Co Dublin

(There will be bus trips to other ESB locations during the week.)
Length of EYF programme 5 days
Date of programme Monday 6th - Friday 10th November 2017
9am to 4pm each day
Closing date for applications Thursday 5th October 2017
About the programme at ESB
The ESB Engineering Your Future programme, hosted by ESB and supported by STEPS, offers TY students the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the disciplines and technologies making up the exciting world of engineering
  • Learn about the wide variety of engineering disciplines that are active across ESB
  • Visit key ESB locations across the country and take part in practical exercises 
  • Meet a variety of engineers at work
  • Hear from recent graduates about their careers
Cost to attend: EUR25 (NOTE: Fee is waived for applicants from DEIS schools.)

The collective fees received from the students will be presented to a selected charity. The charity will be selected by the students taking part in the programme.
Application criteria Successful applicants will be chosen through a combination of factors, including
  • Junior Cert results
  • reasons for wanting to participate in the programme
We want to encourage gender balance and will aim for a 50:50 take-up by girls and boys.
Other information Students must make their own travel arrangements to/from ESBI offices at the airport each day.

Light lunch and snacks will be provided each day.

Students must commit to attending every day of the programme and participate in all scheduled activities.
Terms and conditions Read full Terms and Conditions here

Click here for more information.