The mission of the National Centre for Guidance in Education is to develop and support quality guidance provision in the education 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 guidelines 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 and Skills 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
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.
NCGE 'activity diagram' 2019
National Forum on Guidance
The National Forum on Guidance provides a communication and co-operation facility for those involved in provision of guidance and development and support of guidance practitioners and services. Organisations providing guidance in both the education and the public employment sector are invited to send representatives. Organisations providing guidance in both the education and the public employment sector are represented. If you wish to attend please contact the Centre.
For more detail on NCGE's strategic plan and current activities please see NCGE Strategic Plan 2015-2017 (PDF 500 kb)