About Us

The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) is an agency of the Department of Education, with responsibility to support and develop guidance practice in all areas of education and to inform the policy of the Department in the field of guidance. Our mission is to develop, support and influence guidance policy and quality guidance provision in the education and training sector as part of lifelong learning in accordance with national and international best practice.

In support of the work of guidance counsellors in the education and FET sectors - NCGE:

  • develops guidance materials
  • provides advice on good practice
  • supports innovation and pilot projects
  • disseminates information to practitioners
  • develops and organises continuing professional development
  • carries out a range of surveys and related research on guidance practice and needs, 
  • informs the Department of Education on policy development for guidance in the education sector

NCGE also works with all stakeholders in guidance to ensure the promotion of good quality guidance practice and we represent Ireland at meetings of the EU Commission to discuss the future of Guidance policy and practice.

NCGE host the Euroguidance Centre Ireland

Dowload a one page summary of NCGE's remit

View / Download NCGE's Strategic Plan (2019-2020)

Jennifer McKenzie - Director NCGE, speaks further about the work of the centre:

Current Structure of the Centre 

NCGE reports to the Minister for Education and Skills through its Management of Guidance Committee. The Director of NCGE is responsible for the day to day operation of the Centre. In addition to the Director there are seven staff members - two Guidance Programme Coordinators, two Guidance Officers, a Communications Officer, a Guidance Programme Administrator and an Office Administrator.  Consultants are engaged to manage accounting procedures, information technology and to assist NCGE in the delivery of aspects of its programme as the need arises.

Dowload the organisational chart for the centre

NCGE 'activity diagram'