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

PLC / CFE Guidance Provision

The Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) programme is a full-time programme for learners who have completed their Leaving Certificate and adults returning to education.

PLC courses are mostly provided in Colleges of Further Education and vocational schools with some provision in voluntary secondary and community and comprehensive schools.

Guidance in Post Leaving Certificate Colleges of Further Education is based on the needs of the students in that college.

  • The Guidance programme focuses on  educational, personal, social and career opportunities
  • Guidance counsellors may also be involved in the wider college activities such as open days / recruitment processes, VTOS co-ordination etc. 
  • The guidance service is available to the students attending the college and thus occurs on site and during college and academic term opening hours
  • Guidance interventions may  include CAO and Mature student application to Higher Education, CV, Interview and job seeking skills, personal development programmes, and one-to-one guidance counselling where appropriate

PLC programmes generally lead to awards made by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) at NFQ-Level5 or NFQ-Level 6.