The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) will cease to operate from 1st September 2022. 
The NCGE and its Management Committee, Léargas, the Department of Education, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Solas and ETBI have been carrying out significant work since earlier this year to prepare for the reorganisation of guidance support. A Transitions Working Group and additional sub-groups have been meeting regularly to co-ordinate the reorganisation.

For further information relating to ongoing and future support in place, click HERE

European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network

The European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) aimed to assist the European Union Member States (and the neighbouring countries eligible for the Lifelong Learning Programme) and the European Commission in developing European co-operation on lifelong guidance in both the education and employment sectors. The purpose of the Network was to promote co-operation and systems development at member-country level in implementing the priorities identified in EU 2020 strategies and EU Resolutions on Lifelong Guidance (2004; 2008). The Network was established in 2007 by the member-states; the Commission supported its activities under the Lifelong Learning Programme.

Membership of the Network was open to each country eligible for assistance under the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013. See the ELGPN website for more information on aims, objectives and membership of the network.


The ELGPN Summative Report 2007-2015  was published. The report describes the work undertaken by ELGPN in 2007–15, including the progress of policy adaptation and implementation processes of the member-countries at national, regional and local levels.

Participation in the ELGPN, as the designated national representative, enabled NCGE to fulfill its remit to inform the Department of Education and Skills (DES) on EU and international developments in guidance.

NCGE has introduced and discussed issues such as quality assurance and career management skills in a general context with guidance stakeholders as a result of the work in ELGPN. It’s representation for Ireland and participation in ELGPN (or its equivalent) is now clarified in the role of NCGE and detailed within the Strategic Plan.

The publications are available to download from the ELGPN website, at

Dr Raimo Vuorinen, ELGPN Co-ordinator, launched four new ELPGN publications at the National Forum on Guidance, held on 3rd December, 2015. Dr Vuorinen's presentation is available to download here.

Ireland, represented by NCGE, continued to have full membership of the ELGPN for 2015, following on from the 2013-14 work programme. NCGE, in partnership with Portugal, co-lead in the development of the QAE (Quality Assurance and Evidence) Framework with Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE as consultant.

The December 2014 issue of the ELGPN newsletter featured a report on the 16th ELGPN Plenary and 6th Policy Review meetings held in Rome in October of 2014. Also featured is a report on the ELGPN Twinning Event, held in Riga in November 2014. Jennifer McKenzie, Director of the NCGE and lead country representative of the ELGPN Policy Review Cluster 5, moderated the event, which took as its theme The Quality Assurance and Evidence Base Framework for Lifelong Guidance Systems.

Ireland continued to have full membership of the ELGPN for the 2013-14 work programme. NCGE is the Department of Education and Skills' designated representative for Ireland at the ELGPN.

The EU Commission provided funding for the ELGPN programme for 2013-2014. Ireland hosted the 12th ELGPN Plenary meeting during the Irish EU Presidency in February 2013.

NCGE also produced a number of opinion-based videos during the conference week. More information and links to the videos are available here.

2012 -11 Work Programme of the ELGPN:  Ireland had full membership of the ELGPN for the 2011-12 work programme. The ELGPN 2011-12 publications, including the Lifelong Guidance Policy Development: A European Resource Kit, were launched at the 4th European Conference on Lifelong Guidance Policy in Larnaca, Cyprus on 24 October 2012.