NCGE Resources

Post date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:08

WEBINAR RECORDING - An introduction to Technology Enhanced Guidance

This webinar recording (from December 2017) with Jannie Meedom Nielsen covers areas such as:
  • why and how to use technology in guidance
  • using ICT tools and Social Media in guidance
  • the Danish Experience
Jannie has worked within  education and guidance counselling for almost 30 years, as a teacher, guidance counsellor and editor of the first Danish web portal containing information on lifelong learning and continuing education. She continues to divide her time between guidance counselling and editing - The Danish Ministry of Education's online guide for adult education programmes, training and the labour market.
Click below to view the webinar recording.
You can dowload the accompanying presentation HERE and at the end of this page

Post date: Monday, November 13, 2017 - 15:54

Education and Training Monitor 2017

The Education and Training Monitor 2017 was prepared by the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), with contributions from the Directorate-General of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) and the Eurydice Network. DG EAC was assisted by the Education and Youth Policy Analysis Unit from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), Eurostat, Cedefop and the JRC's Human Capital and Employment Unit, Directorate Innovation and Growth. The Members of the Standing Group on Indicators and Benchmarks (SGIB) were consulted during the drafting phase. The manuscript was completed on 15 September 2017. Additional contextual data can be found online (

Post date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 15:24

NCGE - A Whole School Guidance Framework

This Framework is intended to be a resource for schools to support the planning, design and delivery of the whole school guidance programme in line with the requirements of The Education Act (1998), that schools provide students with “access to appropriate guidance to assist them in their educational and career choices” (section 9c). A continuum of support model for the school guidance programme, similar to the school support model of the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), is presented in the Framework – guidance for all, guidance for some and guidance for a few.The continuum comprises a whole school approach to guidance through guidance-related learning to individualised supports for students.The Framework identifies three areas of learning to facilitate students’ development in eight areas of competence. The areas of learning include: learning relating to oneself (personal/social development), educational opportunities (educational development) and career decision making (career development).

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An additional 'WHEEL' poster resource is available to download in English HERE 

An additional 'WHEEL' poster resource is available to download as Gaeilge HERE 

An additional blank 'WHEEL' poster template resource is available to download HERE

You may wish to adapt the text of the poster for your own school and planning purposes. 

An editable version of the 'WHEEL' poster resource is also available to download. This can be done by editing the text boxes found in the resource HERE 

In November 2018 NCGE launched a suite of online resources for whole school guidance.
These resources are available for all schools to access, use and adapt in exploring whole school guidance in using the NCGE Framework.
NCGE will be providing additional supports to schools in utilising these resources.
To access the current resources click HERE
Post date: Friday, August 25, 2017 - 16:15

Generation Apprenticeship: Accelerating Real-Life Learning

Apprenticeship programmes have traditionally been the path to skilled employment in sectors including construction, engineering, motor and others. The recent review of apprenticeship training in Ireland made recommendations to expand the apprenticeship model.

Apprenticeship training in Ireland has traditionally been the path to skilled occupations in a range of industries and sectors such as construction, engineering, and electrical. Similar to other countries around the world, Ireland is engaged in major expansion of its apprenticeship system. Building on a strong tradition of apprenticeship since the 1970s, the system is undergoing significant transformation, steered by a national Apprenticeship Council. The Action Plan to Expand Apprenticeship and Traineeship in Ireland 2016-2020 includes a target of 50,000 apprenticeship and traineeship places to be provided over the next five years. The benefits of apprenticeship training in matching skills formation to the specific needs of companies, the productivity of apprentices as well as recruitment and retention savings are all positive elements with benefits for employers and those seeking to develop careers. Promoting the permeability between vocational educational training and other educational and career pathways is identified as one of the guiding principles for demonstrating the attractiveness of apprenticeships and improved career guidance. 

This article highlights how career guidance is an essential element in improving the attractiveness of apprenticeships empowering young people to make well-founded choices A range of new choices are now available in Insurance Practice, Electrical Engineering, Polymer Processing, Manufacturing Engineering, International Financial Services, ICT, Commis Chef and Accounting with many more on the way.

Helping more people discover and develop their talents through training is at the heart of the national apprenticeship system. Generation Apprenticeship is a major expansion of the apprenticeship system to provide greater choice by building on and extending the range of occupations across existing and new sectors. 

Post date: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 12:04

Planning the School Guidance Programme

The purpose of this document is to provide schools and all interested parties with a comprehensive aid to understanding, developing and implementing a school's guidance plan. This publication supersedes the 1996 Guidelines for the Practice of Guidance and Counselling in Schools.

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Post date: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 12:04

2007 Report on the Evaluation of Module One: Reviewing Whole School Guidance.

Report on the Evaluation of Module One: Reviewing Whole School Guidance.

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Post date: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 12:04

Improving Second-Level Education: Using Evidence for Policy Development

"Improving Second-Level Education: Using Evidence for Policy Development" by Dr. Emer Smyth and Dr. Selina McCoy is the 5th paper in a special series of ESRI studies that aims to survey available evidence to address issues related to Ireland's ongoing economic crisis.

Post date: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 12:04

Education Philosophy of NCGE

Devised by the staff of NCGE, this statement outlines the education philosophy of the Centre.

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Post date: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 12:04

Career guidance and public policy: Bridging the gap

Career guidance and public policy: Bridging the gap - This publication reports the findings of a review that was begun in early 2001 of career guidance policies in 14 OECD countries. It has looked at how the organisation, management and delivery of career guidance can help to advance some key public policy objectives. In particular, the review has looked at how career guidance services can assist countries to advance lifelong learning goals, and at how career guidance can help in the implementation of active labour market policies

Post date: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 12:04

Research on The Practice of Counselling by Guidance Counsellors in Post Primary Schools

This research into the practice of counselling by guidance counsellors was undertaken by Professor Mark Morgan and Dr Claire Hayes. It was commissioned by the National  Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) under the direction of an advisory Steering Group. Download full report (118 pages - PDF 1.7 mb)

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