Adult Educational Guidance Services

The Adult Educational Guidance Services (AEGS) are managed by the 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs).

The ETB AEGS provide impartial careers and education information to adults who wish to return to education and training, or are already registered on an FET programme within the ETBs - to make informed educational, career and life choices.  

Guidance is provided in group settings and on a one-to-one basis for those who require further supports - to identify clients own lifelong learning and career plan.
NCGE supports the provision of quality guidance within the AEGS services of the ETBs and provides and coordinates Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the guidance staff of the AEGS. 
NCGE works on behalf of the Department of Education (DE), the Department of Further, Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science and the Further Education and Training Authority, SOLAS, in collaboration with Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI), on the development  of the AEGS nationally.


Report on Overarching Research on Data Gathered in DES/SOLAS/NCGE Adult Guidance Management System of the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative 2004 – 2018.  

The Adult Education Guidance Services ‘Adult Guidance Management System’ was developed by NCGE from 2004 to 2013, on behalf of the (then) Department of Education and Science. The system was developed to ensure accurate national data-gathering on the provision of guidance services in the (then) pilot projects of the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI). Since 2013, SOLAS has funded the continued NCGE management and co-ordination of the AGMS to gather data on the provision of the Adult Educational Guidance Services (AEGS) within the 16 ETBs nationally.

In 2019, the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) established a stakeholder working group to examine the potential developments and future planning of the Adult Guidance Management System (AGMS) for the wider guidance service provision across the Further Education and Training (FET) sector within the 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs) nationally. An example of significant developments was following the establishment of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Ireland Data Protection Act, 2018 all current and future data gathering systems would be required to ensure compliance with GDPR.  To inform the planning of GDPR compliant future data gathering and to provide a final report of all the data within the current AGMS, NCGE commissioned this overarching report to explore, consider and analyse the quantitative and qualitative data gathered from 2004 to 2018. The quantitative and qualitative data involves both non-personal client statistical data and service reports generated by 39 (ETB) AEGS nationally over those 14 years.

The main objectives of this overarching research report are to:

  • generate an overarching overview report of the quantitative and qualitative data gathered on the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI) – Adult Educational Guidance Service (AEGS) AGMS database from 2004-2018
  • include a report on the documented Case Studies provided as required within the AGMS since 2013

In relation to the scope of this research, NCGE emphasises that it does not provide an ‘evaluation’ of the (ETB) Adult Educational Guidance Services nationally, nor does it provide an evaluation of the AGMS. However, the research will inform the final completion, close-off and archiving of the NCGE AGMS system.  This research may also inform developments and data-gathering in any future FET Guidance Management System.

Overarching Research on AGMS 2004 – 2018


Adult Guidance Management System - yearly reports 

ETB AEGS staff complete the confidential DFHERIS and SOLAS arising from the statistics and qualitative information gathered within the AGMS each year. Below are the most recent reports.


Summary report of AEGS service provision in 2020


Quantitative Summary Report of Adult Guidance Managment System of AEGS - 2019

Summary Case Studies Report of Adult Guidance Managment System of AEGS - 2019


Overall report of AEGS service provision in 2018


Overall report of AEGS service provision in 2017


Overall report of AEGS service provision in 2016


Overall report of AEGS service provision in 2015