External NCGE participation and attendance

NCGE and NCGE staff members are invited to present/ participate in many national and international events every year. Click on the headings below to expand and find out more about these events and the role NCGE played in participation.

NCGE hosts stands each year at a number of conferences and exhibitions.

This provides direct access to NCGE for guidance counsellors and other clients of the Centre.

The Irish Times Higher Options Exhibition 2018 takes place from the 12th to 14th of September and NCGE/Euroguidance Ireland will be in attendance.

To make contact with us at the event, go to stands 81/82 in the Main Hall (Irish Colleges section)

Click HERE for an exhibitors list

Click HERE for the exhibitor map

NCGE Director Jennifer Mc Kenzie atteneded the launch by Richard Bruton, the Minister for Education and Skills of 'Languages Connect' - Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026 and Implementation Plan 2017-2022.

This Strategy has been developed in the context of Action 1.6 of the Department’s Action Plan for Education 2016-2019 which aims to enable learners communicate effectively and improve their standards of competence in languages and so fulfil our ambition to make Ireland’s education system the best in Europe within the next decade.

For more see: https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Curriculum-and-...


On November 30th, 2017 in Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin; the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) marked its 30th Anniversary with a major conference on the theme of ‘Best Practice in the Delivery of Employment Services’.

This was attended by NCGE FEt Guidance Coordinator, Mary Stokes

For more see: https://www.inou.ie/press/2017/11/30/30ann/

NCGE FET Guidance programme Coordinator attended the 2017 Léargas Forum.

The 2017 Léargas Forum celebrates Eramus+ and its development over the last thirty years - celebrating the evolution of the programme and reflecting upon European Citizenship and what it means today.

For more see: https://www.leargas.ie/news/leargas-forum-2017/

NCGE Director Jennifer Mc Kenzie attended the launch of the Department’s STEM Education Policy Statement 2017-2026 and Implementation Plan 2017-2019 by The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. 

The plan being published sets out the Minister’s intention to make Ireland a European leader in STEM education by 2026.

For more see - https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2017-Press-Relea...

Psychology in Schools Conference - Lisbon

NCGE Director, Jennifer Mc Kenzie participated and presented at Direção-Geral da Educação Phsychology in Schools Conference on 04/11/2017

For Jennifer's presentation please click HERE

QQI Digitilisation Agenda Conference

NCGE’s representatives attended QQI Conference -  Re-thinking the Role of Qualifications and Skills Digitalisation Conference on the 24 October 2017

To consider how digitalisation is transforming the way that skills and competencies are defined, described, taught, acquired and recognised.



The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals is the professional association for second level school leaders in Ireland. NAPD holds an annual conference every October.

In 2017 this was attended by NCGE.

For more see: http://www.napdconference.com/

The education and training sector in Ireland under the leadership of the Department of Education and Skills, participates in a wide range of EU programmes of work, initiatives and working groups, in a leadership or representative capacity.

Typically these activities relate to the core mission and remit of the individual agency and service where these connect to the overarching context of creating an EU-wide Area of Skills and Qualifications and more critically, to our need to ensure coherent national responses and development.

As agencies and as individuals, we represent Ireland and implement EU initiatives and programmes nationally.

It can be challenging for stakeholders, service users and different programme teams to understand the different initiatives, to relate one to another and to see where the benefits of the work may apply in different contexts.

QQI, in collaboration with Léargas and Euroguidance at the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE), hosted an EU Reference Group in 2017 to address some of these issues and to allow stakeholders consider possible linkages and efficiencies recognising the context of reduced national resources.

This Reference Group gives an opportunity for common sharing of education and training actions and plans across all sectors within education and training.


The Irish Reference Group for EU Initiatives in Education and Skills:

  • Provides an opportunity to showcase a range of EU initiatives, working groups and projects in the education and training sector in a broad policy context
  • Promotes understanding of each programmes unique selling point and contribution
  • Assists in the identification of potential synergies with existing stakeholder plans and promote possible efficiencies through sharing objectives, key events, outputs, directions etc.
  • Supports the development of a publication by November 2014 outlining succinctly and in a common format, the purpose, aims, and intended benefits of each programme.
  • Reviews the contribution and methodology of the Reference Group to determine continuance and governance beyond 2014
  • Collaborate and connect agencies to disseminate information and opportunities among the relevant constituencies
  • Assists in the coordination of a national response to relevant European policy developments in education and training

NCGE FET Guidance Programme Coordinator, Mary Stokes, attended the Intreo Careers Fair (Dublin Region) in Dublin Castle.

This is part of #JobsWeek2017

For more see: https://m.welfare.ie/en/pressoffice/pdf/pr260917.pdf

The Tourism & Hospitality Careers Roadshow in Dublin was attended by NCGE FEt Guidance Coordinator, Mary Stokes. It was the 2nd in a series of events planned for across the country over the 2017.

The half day event was designed in collaboration with key industry key stakeholders, to showcase careers in tourism and hospitality for Transition Year & 5th Year Students. The event provided students and teachers with a flavour of the wide variety of exciting careers and roles in tourism & hospitality and the various career paths and steps they can take to get started in the industry. Students also had opportunity to network and meet both educational providers and industry businesses on the day.

European Lifelong Guidance Conference - Estonia

On September 27th and 28th 2017, Estonia hosted the European Lifelong Guidance Conference as part of the Estonian Presidency of the European Council.

Over 200 representatives from Member States attended.Ireland was represented by NCGE.

The main theme of the Conference focused on the changing role of lifelong guidance in a context of accelerated technological and socioeconomic change, looking at the future of European Co-operation in lifelong guidance and the innovative use of ICT. 

Euroguidance Ireland are on the Road

  • TY Ireland Expo - 11th/12th September, Punchestown Racecourse
  • Higher Options - 13th to 15th September, RDS
  • National Ploughing Championships -19th to 21st September, Co Offaly
  • Zeminar - 10th to 12th October, RDS

Euroguidance Ireland supports mobility throughout Europe through the provision and exchange of information about learning, study and training opportunities available to those working and living within the member states. So if you are a guidance professional, or are looking to study / train in Europe, COME TO THE EUROGUIDANCE STAND at any of the events above and we will be glad to help.


Dyslexia & Drug use

NCGE’s FET Guidance Coordinator Mary Stokes attended DAI / Soilse’s event in the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission (IHREC) Offices Dublin 12/07/2017
The event was very well attended with DAI’s Head of Psychological and Educational Services; Donald Ewing and Donal Rice of IHREC (Irish Human Rights & Equality Agency) made excellent presentations while two speakers told movingly of their lived experiences of Dyslexia. The event presented a challenge for FET, and for Guidance Counsellors working in this sector. Mary has been engaging with DAI and others in discussions regarding the challenges of offering useful & viable supports to learners.
‘People with Dyslexia will often tell you that the word Dyslexia is very helpful to them and gives them a word to describe their difficulties’
Click HERE for more information
ICCDPP International Symposium 2017
On behalf of the DES, the NCGE Chairman, Paul King and NCGE Director, Jennifer McKenzie, attended the ICCDPP in June in Seoul, South Korea. DES was instrumental in the original establishment of the ICCDPP as the current Director, John McCarthy, was formerly the first Director of NCGE.
The focus of the global discussion was on the future of guidance (also referred to internationally as career development) and its continued relevance in the context of changes in education and employment in recent years. Representatives of OECD, CEDEFOP and the European Training Foundation participated in the three-day symposium who's theme was - Career Development :At the Crossroads towards Relevance and Impact. A communiqué for dissemination globally was issued following the symposium.
Below is a copy of this Symposium Communiqué a, brief NCGE report on the discussions and The Ireland Country Paper submitted in advance of attendance. NCGE has suggested that the planned DES Review of Guidance would be well placed to consider the recommendations of the communiqué in the further development of any guidance strategy.
Click HERE to access the ICCDPP 2017 Symposium Website