NCGE FET continues its engagements with SOLAS, ETBI and ETBs on a number of significant developments across the FET arena – including the Adult Guidance Management System for the AEGS’ and for Guidance in FET in general.
With respect to these ongoing developments, the publishing of the DES / Indecon Independent Review of Career Guidance Tools and Information, and work towards the development of the new SOLAS FET Strategy and FET Guidance Strategy, CPD was developed to offer AEGS’ an opportunity to learn about ongoing relevant policy developments in the area of social inclusion.
Policies, strategies and developments affecting AEGS delivery of Guidance to adults interested in or pursuing FET need to be continually noted and factored into service delivery. Adult Guidance Services continue to be covered by the DES Adult Education Guidance Initiative Operational Guidelines 2012 which state: ‘AEGI targets individuals and groups that experience particular and acute barriers to participation and are more difficult to engage in the formal learning process.
Social Inclusion is therefore already an expectation and notable feature of the AEGS model of Guidance provision.
NCGE FET secured the following speakers who contributed over the course of the 3 days
- Ivica Milicevic and Robert McCulloch, SOLAS
- Mary Kenny, EAL & ESOL Development Officer DDLETB
- Livia Bartolome, Business in the Community Ireland
- Rory O’Neill Irish Refugee Council
- Marion Wilkinson, National Disability Authority
- Donal Rice, Centre of Excellence for Universal Design NDA
NCGE invited Dr. Ebun Joseph to further facilitate the events – Dr. Joseph was very warmly received by AEGS Coordinators and Guidance Counsellors and we will be engaging with her again in the future.
73 Guidance Service staff from AEGS nationally attended the CPD days, and evaluations confirm that the days were well received.