The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) will cease to operate from 1st September 2022. 
The NCGE and its Management Committee, Léargas, the Department of Education, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Solas and ETBI have been carrying out significant work since earlier this year to prepare for the reorganisation of guidance support. A Transitions Working Group and additional sub-groups have been meeting regularly to co-ordinate the reorganisation.

For further information relating to ongoing and future support in place, click HERE

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

View / Download NCGE's Key Actions Plan (2022)

Current Structure of the Centre 

NCGE reports to the Minister for Education 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 six staff members - two Guidance Programme Coordinators, a Guidance Officer, 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 (2022)

NCGE 'Activity Diagram'