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Mobility Guidance Counselling

A free online Mobility Guidance Counselling course for Irish guidance counsellors was launched by Betty McLaughlin, President of the Institute of  Guidance Counsellors, at the 2016 Annual IGC Conference held at the University of Limerick on Saturday, 27th February. Hosted by the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) and Euroguidance, this module offers a new area of continuing professional development (CPD) for guidance counsellors in this country.

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Irish Reference Group for EU Initiatives in Education and Skills

The Irish Reference Group for EU Initiatives in Education and Skills launched their first publication, Education and Skills: Working Together to bring Opportunities across Europe Home to You, at the Department of Education and Skills in July 2015.

The publication was launched by Mary Doyle, Deputy Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills who commented, “The publication will help us to collaborate and connect with each other to understand what's in place to disseminate information".

Europass, in collaboration with the Irish ENIC-NARIC centre Qualifications Recognition, the European Qualifications Framework National Contact Point (EQFNCP), Léargas, the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE), Euroguidance and the Higher Education Authority (HEA), launched the Irish Reference Group for EU Initiatives in Education and Skills in July 2014.

For further information, please visit the Europass website.


OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)

The Survey is an initiative of the OECD that assesses the proficiency of adults in key information processing skills essential for the participation in the information-rich economies and societies of the 21st century. These are: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. The Survey allows countries to analyse the level and distribution of skills among their adult populations as well as the extent of skills use in different contexts. A total of 33 countries have participated in this survey, which will allow for international benchmarking. Educators, policy makers, labour economists and experts will use survey information to develop economic, education and social policies that will continue to enhance the skills of adults. First results were published by OECD in 2013.  Read More