Guidance in Further Education

Information and Guidance Services in the Further Education and Training (FET) sector provide impartial careers and education information, one-to-one guidance and group guidance, which help people to make informed educational, career and life choices. FET Information and Guidance Services are provided to adults aged 18 years and over, and those over 16 who have left school early who are interested in or participating in programmes on the National Framework of Qualifications Levels 1 – 6.

Guidance is provided in the FET sector through various services, including

  • FET / Adult Education Guidance Services
  • Colleges of Further Education (CFEs) and PLC Programmes
  • Youthreach / CTCs
  • Training Centres
  • Adult and Community Education
  • Youth Information
  • BTEI and
  • Prison Services.

The delivery of Further Education and Training is the responsibility of the 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs), funded by SOLAS (the further education and training authority).

Guidance in Further Education and Training is informed by the DES Further Education and Training Strategy 2014-2019. Section 10 of this Strategy 'Guidance and FET' outlines the strategic vision for FET Information and Guidance provision.