About Us

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


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

It also hosts the Euroguidance Centre Ireland and is the designated representative for the DES at the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network.


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 Assistant 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.

The Centre is open from 9.30am to 17.30pm Monday to Friday. NCGE staff can be emailed at firstname.surname@ncge.ie 


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 information regarding The National Forum on Guidance please click HERE

For more detail on NCGE's strategic plan and current activities please see NCGE Strategic Plan 2015-2017 (PDF 500 kb)