International Guidance

Several international organisations support the development of good practice in guidance, exchange of ideas and information and collaboration on innovative guidance projects.

Organisations include:

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)the European Union's reference centre for vocational education and training. The Centre provides information on, and analysis of, vocational education and training systems, policies, research and practice.


International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences within the educational and vocational guidance community worldwide, disseminates information on the latest educational and vocational guidance research and practice, and provides opportunities for continuing professional development for guidance practitioners.


International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP): promotes policy sharing and learning in the field of career development in both education and employment sectors. The ICCDPP hosts International symposia, inviting country teams to participate. 


The issue of how governments can support citizens to build fulfilling careers was the focus of the ninth International Symposium for Career Development and Public Policy in Tromsø, Norway on 17th-20th June 2019.

During the Symposium representatives from 33 countries and from UNESCO, the OECD, European Commission, European Training Foundation and the  CEDEFOP (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) dialogued and identified a range of effective policies and practices.

An Ireland Country Team* attended the ICCDPP Symposium, preparing and submitting the Ireland Country paper in advance.

Access the Ireland Country Team Report 

Access the final ICCDPP Communiqué 

*The Ireland Country Team for 2019, attending on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES), was led by the NCGE Director, Jennifer McKenzie and included Paul King, Chair of the NCGE Management of Guidance Committee (NCGE MGC), DCU Assistant Professor and Chair of Masters in Guidance Counselling Programme.


Organisation for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD): publishes outlooks, annual overviews and comparative statistics. The OECD launched a review in 2001 of the guidance policies and practices of 14 countries, including Ireland. This led to the publication of Review of Career Guidance Policies: Ireland Country Note in 2002. The OECD and European Commission published Career Guidance, a Handbook for Policy Makers in 2005 which addresses a broad range of policy issues that are central to the effective delivery of career guidance services.