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Rose Griffin, Network Technician
Rose Griffin works as a Network Technician for the ESB. She joined the ESB following her Leaving Cert after seeing the Electical apprenticship advertised on her school noticeboard. The apprenticship took four years and combined on the job training with off the job lectures and exams. Having completed her apprenticship, she applied for a permanent position with the ESB, as a Network Technician and was delighted when she got the job.
I did English, Irish and Maths, and then Geography, Agricultural science and Construction studies. Studying Construction studies definitely influenced my career path, I loved the subject and it helped that I had a great teacher also.
It helps you to become a more practical minded person, and you get good at working with your hands. I always knew I’d go on and work in something in the construction back ground round when I started studying construction studies.
I did my Junior cert in 2000, and my Leaving cert in 2002 and came straight into the ESB after my Leaving cert. I then went on to do my 4 year Electrical apprenticeship. The apprenticeship comprises of seven modules, 4 of these are on the job training modules. That is where you work on site with a qualified Network Technician (NT), they assess you on how you are progressing from day to day. At the end of each of these modules there is a booklet to be filled out by the qualified NT you’ve been working with, detailing what you've learned during that period of time.
There are 3 off the job training modules also. This is where you are sent to an Institute of Technology (D.I.T or C.I.T etc) for 3 months each time, and at the end of each of the college phases there are 4 exams you have to complete, two theory exams and two practical.
Any Science subject and other subjects that have practical work as well as theory, like Construction studies or Engineering will benefit you most when you are considering a career in the ESB. I studied Construction studies all through secondary school, studying a subject like this helps you to become a more practical minded person and gets you use to working with your hands.
Well I haven’t done any other training as of yet outside the ESB. But, as an NT there is on-going training within the ESB. ESB have their own training centre in Portlaoise with great instructors in every category, cables, lines, stations, safe driving, etc. So as you progress along your job, you are sent here to do the relevant courses, and you build up your portfolio from this.