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

Further Education and Training (Policy)

Adult Education Guidance Services

With regard to the Aims, Objectives, Terms and Conditions, Target Groups and Guiding Principles for ETB Adult Education Guidance (Initiative) Service Delivery the DES Operational Guidelines of 2012 remain relevant.

DE Operational Guidelines 2012

ETB AEGS Staff Salary Scales are detailed in DE Circular Letter 0049/2019 ‘with effect from 1 September 2019’

DE Circular Letter 0049/2019

This circular updates DE Circular Letter 70/04 and DE Circular Letter 0015/07 referenced in the Guidelines.

Additional publications:

Guidelines for the Integration of Contracted Guidance Staff within the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI) (2014)

Guidelines on the Provision of Adult Educational Guidance Services to clients aged between 16 and 17 years old (2014)

Further Education and Training Strategy (2020-2024)
This SOLAS publication details the FET strategy for the period 2020-2024.
It is aimed at Transforming Learning over the next 5 years where real reform and performance improvement can deliver a more strategic and integrated FET system.

Further Education and Training Strategy 2020-2024

Guidance  for Further and Higher Education for Returning to on-site activity in 2020: Roadmap and COVID-19 Adaption Framework
The Further and Higher Education Roadmap provides an overview of the phased return of further and higher education.
The phases in the roadmap are derived from the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.
While learning and assessment has continued through emergency remote learning for many, and research trainees began their onsite return on Phase 1, the academic year for most students and learners will commence in Phase 4.
All of further and higher education is planning, using public health advice as a guide, to maximise the provision of learning onsite and the resumption of normal schedules.
The phases in the Further and Higher Education Roadmap are set ou within the link below aligned to the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.

Further and Higher Education Roadmap

Further information from the Department of Education regarding the Roadmap and COVID-19 Adaption Framework is available HERE

ETB Brief 19/2020 re FET Implementation Guidelines
These ETBI FET Implementation Guidelines sets out a range of such context-specific measures with practical guidance for FET Institutions to safely deliver teaching and learning activities in autumn 2020.
These features present very specific challenges and require bespoke solutions in the context of re-opening. Further information from ETBI are available HERE

Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in ETB Further Education and Training Institutions (FET).

Further information and support regarding ETB delivery of ‘teaching and learning activities in autumn 2020’ in the provision of Guidance Counselling, Guidance Information and Guidance Services in FET is available from NCGE HERE

Adult Literacy

Adult Literacy Operational Guidelines (2012)

Back to Education Initiative

BTEI Operational Guidelines (2012)

Community Education

Community Education Operational Guidelines (2012)


Key Area Guidelines - IVEA Intensive Tuition in Adult Basic Education Guidelines (2012)

White Paper on Adult Education – Learning for Life (2000

The issues facing the following areas of adult education in Ireland in the era of lifelong learning were examined in a white paper:
(1) second chance and further education; (2) community education; (3) workplace education; and (4) higher education. 

White Paper on Adult Education – Learning for Life (2000)