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

Practitioner Resources

The resources contained on this page are intended to support you and learners / clients.

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Episode 3: 'Four Key Principles for Working in Guidance' with Dr. Deirdre Hughes OBE

January 2021

In this episode of The NCGE Podcast, NCGE director Jennifer McKenzie meets with Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE. Deirdre discusses her background and origins in Guidance, ongoing developments and research in the UK, and the four key principles which inform her work: 

  • Keeping people switched onto learning
  • Encouraging people not to close down opportunities too early
  • Broadening horizons and challenging assumptions 
  • Creating relevant exposure to, and experiences of, the world of work

Dr Hughes provides some wise words of advice for guidance community in Ireland, including to remember “the art of the possible” and to look after ourselves! 

For further information on areas discussed in this episode, please see: 

DMH Associates 

CiCi, Careers Chatbot (currently in development) 

Scotland’s Careers Strategy: Moving Forward (Feb 2020) 

A freelance academic researcher, career development professional and government policy adviser, Dr Deirdre Hughes of DMH Associates has written over 125 articles and book chapters, and made over 200 presentations to international, national and regional professional groups dealing with all-age careers work, employment and skills issues. She is co-editor of the British Journal for Guidance and Counselling International Symposium Series. She is also a Cedefop appointed national expert in lifelong guidance and careers education (May 2017). 


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NCGE / Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE

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Episode 2: 'The Magic Wand: Lifelong Guidance for Everyone' with Aisling Fleming

January 2021

In this episode of The NCGE Podcast, NCGE Post Primary Coordinator Dr Carol Guildea is in conversation with Mary Stokes, NCGE FET Coordinator and Aisling Fleming, DCU. This episode discusses a shared vision of the provision of guidance for everyone, and how this may be achieved through: developing guidance awareness among colleagues, clients, parents etc, challenging normative gender roles and stereotypes in expectations of clients, providing a reflective space; ensuring GCs have access to each other, and more. 

What works? Career-related learning in primary schoolsDr. Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Jordan Rehill (Education and Employers) and Dr. Deirdre Hughes OBE (DMH Associates) (2018) 

Aisling Fleming is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Guidance Counselling programmes in Dublin City University. She holds an MSc in Guidance Counselling and a BA (Hons) in International Business. With over 18 years’ experience in both the business and education sectors. Within business, she has worked as a HR and recruitment specialist and in management in both public and private sector organisations. She has designed and delivered employability training to jobseekers in community settings and to individuals and groups including the EU Youth Guarantee. Aisling also has extensive experience in the education sector working with second and third level students to facilitate their understanding of the working world and skills employers are looking for. 

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NCGE / Aisling Fleming

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Episode 1: 'Challenges & collaboration with Independent Community Education in FET' with Tara Farrell

January 2021

this, the FIRST episode of 'The NCGE Podcast', FET Programme Coordinator Mary Stokes speaks with Tara Farrell about engaging the Community Education conversation in relation to collaboration with FET Guidance, equity, social inclusion and more.  
For further information on areas discussed in this episode, please see: 

Longford Women’s Link  



Digital Empowerment for Digitally Upskilling Adults (DELSA) 

SHE - (SHE school) 

European Association for the Education of Adults  Outreach and Access in Adult Learning: Access in Rural Areas Nov 2020 

Tara Farrell is the CEO of Longford Women’s Link. She is also Chairperson of AONTAS, the national adult learning organisation made up of 400 members across Ireland. A native of Roscommon, Tara has over 20 years’ experience in the Community, Voluntary and Education sectors, in a variety of areas including Governance, Project Management, Social Economy, Gender Equality, Conflict Resolution and engaging in Broadcast and Social Media. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law and also lectures in Human Rights and Equality at St. Angela’s College (National University of Ireland Galway) in Sligo. She has previously taught Political Science in the University of Limerick and Management Development at Dublin City University. Tara is also a trustee of Irish Rural Link and Roscommon Women’s Network.

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NCGE / Tara Farrell

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Overarching Research on Data Gathered in DES/SOLAS/NCGE Adult Guidance Management System of the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative 2004 – 2018

The main objectives of this overarching research report are to:

  • generate an overarching overview report of the quantitative and qualitative data gathered on the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI) – Adult Educational Guidance Service (AEGS) AGMS database from 2004-2018
  • include a report on the documented Case Studies provided as required within the AGMS since 2013

In relation to the scope of this research, NCGE emphasises that it does not provide an ‘evaluation’ of the (ETB) Adult Educational Guidance Services nationally, nor does it provide an evaluation of the AGMS. However, the research will inform the final completion, close-off and archiving of the NCGE AGMS system.  This research may also inform developments and data-gathering in any future FET Guidance Management System.

Further Education & Training

NCGE / Dr. Petra Elftorp

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-Resource-AGMS-Overarching-Report-EN.pdf

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Career guidance policy and practice in the pandemic

This report, with contribution from NCGE Director, Jennifer McKenzie, is based on a flash joint international survey, designed to provide a snapshot of how career guidance policies, systems and services were adapting and coping, following the declaration of the world Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. The survey examined the policy, systems and practice changes that occurred during the first phase of government reactions to the pandemic, the extent to which the pandemic and its social consequences triggered a debate on career guidance reform, and the role for career guidance in pandemic recovery measures. It also considered the support role of international and donor bodies.

On Wednesday 17th of February 2021 an additional webinar took place to share the main findings of this publication, and bring together policymakers, social partners, career guidance practitioners and service managers.
HERE  - you can access:

  • The full recording of the event
  • Summaries in Spanish and French of the key results of the survey report (see “Publications”)
  • A webpage with an array of resources from the seven organizations responsible for the report (see “Key resources”)

You can access the full report by clicking the 'Resource Link' below

European / International

Cedefop; European Commission; ETF; ICCDPP; ILO; OECD; UNESCO

Resource Link

'Taking Stock': Questionnaire for Junior Cycle students

This resource has been developed for students of Junior Cycle. 
It aims to gather data on Junior Cycle students' Guidance needs. 
It is based around the NCGE: A Whole School Guidance Framework (2017) and seeks to understand students' needs in terms of all three areas of the Guidance role. 
Based on the information returned, schools may then decide what areas of Whole School Guidance to prioritise.

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-Taking-Stock-JC-EN.docx
  2. File NCGE-PP-Taking-Stock-JC-GA.docx

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Support for Guidance Counsellors and Schools around Student Disclosures of Suicide and/or Self Harm

NCGE, in consultation with the Department of Education and NEPS have collated a resource to support Guidance Counsellors and Schools to support students who are self-harming and/or disclosing thoughts about suicide. This resource maps out important processes and procedures a school can follow to support students during all stages. It provides key points for Guidance Counsellors, management and others to reflect on - if they encounter a student in need. 

It is envisaged that this document would be used in a school in line with the school’s confidentiality template.

If Guidance Counsellors or school management require any further support with regard to Suicide/Self Harm, please do not hesitate to contact NCGE. 


Post Primary

NCGE and Department of Education

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Support-GC-Schools-Student-Disclosures-Suicide-SelfHarm.pdf
Guidance for ALL
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Self-Care for the Guidance Counsellor

20th October 2020

This webinar was intended to support the Guidance Counsellor after the first half of the first term. 
Reflections on work done / supports needed / local communication and relationships, supervision etc.

The guest panellist in his webinar was Shane Martin, Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland. 
Shane is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best evidence-based psychology to help people protect their mental health and enhance the quality of their lives and presented on the theme of 'Health and Happiness'.

You can access the accompanying presentation below.

Please note:

A webinar recording is not available.
This is due to the nature of the webinar. With personal Q&A, scenarios and discussions the content is required to be kept as confidential as possible.

Post Primary

NCGE and Shane Martin

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Webinar-Self-Care-for-the-Guidance-Counsellor-EN.pdf
Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
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Mobility in Europe & ‘Access Europe’ Resources

13th October 2020

This webinar focused exclusively on ‘MOBILITY’; with input from the HEA, NCGE FET, QQI, EURES, Eurodesk and Léargas.
It gave attendees an overview of:

  • The mobility opportunities available to students and where to access more information about them. 
  • The tools available to support mobility 
  • The organisations in Ireland that support mobility (working and learning throughout Europe) 
  • How to engage in a mobility experience for YOUR own CPD

You can access the accompanying presentation below and view the webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link'

Post Primary, European / International

NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland, HEA, QQI, EURES, Eurodesk, Léargas

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-EG-Webinar-Mobility-Resources-Presentation-EN.pdf
Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
Resource Link

Reconnecting with Education - Guidance for post-primary schools for students at risk of early school leaving

This Department document aims to support schools in encouraging students to return to school to complete their education, and/or to outline options such as alternative pathways to further education or employment.  
The role of the Guidance Counsellor in preventing early school leaving within the whole school approach, and appropriately supporting  students’ access to Further Education and Training  is clearly outlined.

It is important for school Guidance Counsellors to establish links with their local ETB Adult Educational Guidance Services to facilitate consideration of  these alternative education and training options when appropriate.

You can download the document by clicking the 'Resource Link' below.

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Department of Education and Skills

Resource Link