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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Monitoring and evaluation of lifelong guidance systems and services for adults, in the context of lifelong learning, Vol. 1

This CEDEFOP reference publication was launched on 21st March 2022 at an international CEDEFOP virtual event.

Introducing this event, CEDEFOP note that different EU approaches remain short of providing “clear methodological indications on the implementation of the suggested indicators and the reality and context of current monitoring and evaluation practices in career guidance in Europe.”
This publication looks into individual support to careers and learning to shed light on the efficacy of current upskilling, reskilling and activation measures by examining career development and guidance systems and services for adults. 

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


NCGE with Dr. Petra Elftorp (UL) co-authored one of the six selected papers presented at the event and published in the report (Chapter 4, P56).
The Irish paper is entitled “Lessons learned from monitoring and evaluating person-centred adult educational guidance services in Ireland” 

This paper outlines the existing monitoring and evaluation system in the Irish Adult Educational Guidance Services. Strengths and limitations of the system are presented, and a number of considerations for policy and practice conclude the paper. The authors approach the topic of outcome measurements from the perspective of the Irish model of guidance counselling, which is inherently person-centred and encompasses personal, educational and career guidance counselling. Thus, it is argued that outcome measurements must account for the complexity and contextual nature of career development and lifelong learning, by incorporating both qualitative and quantitative data. A collaborative and inclusive approach to the development of these systems is also advocated for, as it can lead to an efficient system which supports the day to day delivery of the guidance services, while simultaneously building networks, appropriate referral systems, and is inclusive of the “client voice” to inform service delivery and development. 



Further Education & Training, European / International
23/03/2022

CEDEFOP


Resource Link

IGC - National CPD Experience 2022

Please find 2 x presentations below that form part of NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland's input into this experience.

1 - "Funded Opportunities in Europe for Guidance Counsellors" - presented by NCGE and Euroguidance

This presentation:

  • Provides an overview of the landscape of funded opportunities available throughout Europe for Guidance Counsellors.
  • Explores potential project topics and highlight the value of other EU professional development opportunities available throughout Europe that Guidance Counsellors may not be aware of.
  • Advises on the key elements involved in applying for these opportunities.

2 - "Resources for post-primary Guidance Counsellors’’ - an NCGE and Euroguidance Ireland presentation  

This presentation:

  • Highlights a number of resources for post-primary Whole School Guidance planning.
  • Highlights available resources that allow Guidance Counsellors to introduce a European dimension to classroom guidance.
  • Focusses on practical resources that will support classroom guidance (for Junior Cycle and Transition Year students).
  • Provides Guidance Counsellors with information on how to access further support in any aspect of Guidance.


Post Primary, Further Education & Training, European / International
10/03/2022

Orla Ní Cheallaigh - NCGE Euroguidance Officer
Carol Guildea - NCGE Post Primary Guidance Programme Coordinator
Mary Stokes - NCGE FET Guidance Programme Coordinator

 

  1. PDF icon IGC-Workshop-2022-NCGE(1)-Funded-Opportunities-Guidance-Counsellor.pdf
  2. PDF icon IGC-Workshop-2022-NCGE(2)-NCGE-Euroguidance-Resources-Guidance-Counsellors.pdf

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Legalities of Digitalised Guidance in FET (ETB AEGS)

10th February 2021 
 
This webinar referenced existing practice and guidelines for the ETB Adult Guidance Services pertaining to data gathering alongside relevant publications.
It built on
 existing guidelines in the context of ongoing online Guidance provision - focusing on the legalities involved in digitalised guidance counselling. 
The accompanying presentation presents information for Guidance staff working in ETB Adult Education Guidance Services on aspects of digitalised guidance relevant to their practice. 
 

You can access the accompanying presentation below.

Please note: 

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



Further Education & Training
10/02/2021

NCGE / Sarah Tully (Solicitor & Legal Trainer)

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-Webinar-Presentation-Legalities-AEGS-100221.pdf

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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
15/12/2020

NCGE / Dr. Petra Elftorp

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

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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
12/10/2020

Department of Education and Skills


Resource Link

Principles of Adult Education Guidance Initiative (AEGI) Delivery in ETB Adult Education Guidance Services (AEGS)

The following resource is a collation of articles formerly located on the NCGE FET Guidance Handbook on a variety of key principles of service delivery in the ETB Adult Education Guidance Services (ETB AEGS). 
Information in the resource remains relevant for practice in these guidance services and may be useful for referral to new staff members in local services. 
Guidance staff in other areas of FET Guidance may find information herein useful in informing / adapting to suit their practice. 

The resource is divided into the areas of:  

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 
  • Policy & Practice Guidelines 
  • Strategic Guidance Service Planning 
  • Delivering the Guidance Service 
  • Quality Assurance 
  • Guidance Service Staff 
  • The Physical Environment 
  • Record keeping & data gathering 
  • Further Principles of Service Delivery 
  • The European Dimension 
  • Access to Further Education and Training for Eligible International Protection Applicants 


Further Education & Training
13/09/2020

NCGE

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET_Principles-AEGI-Service-Delivery-EN.pdf

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NCGE Webinar Series (AEGS) - Webinar 2

This series consisted of 2 x free interactive webinars and provided the opportunity for ETB AEGS Staff to participate in information sharing, receive relevant updates and note relevant resources that may be of use in their role; under the overall theme of:‘Remote Guidance provision by AEGS during Covid-19’.

The second live webinar in the series took place on Wednesday 1st July @2.30pm and addressed the topic of: 'AEGS Remote Guidance & Information Service Delivery - Continuing the Exploration of Practice and Sharing Experiences'

You can view webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' below



Further Education & Training
01/07/2020

NCGE / MSLETB / WWETB

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-WEBINAR2-Presentation-NCGE.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-FET-WEBINAR2-Presentation-MSLETB.pdf
  3. PDF icon NCGE-FET-WEBINAR2-Presentation-WWETB.pdf

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NCGE Webinar Series (AEGS) - Webinar 1

This series consisted of 2 x free interactive webinars and provided the opportunity for ETB AEGS Staff to participate in information sharing, receive relevant updates and note relevant resources that may be of use in their role; under the overall theme of:‘Remote Guidance provision by AEGS during Covid-19’.

The first live webinar in the series took place on Wednesday 24th June @2.30pm and addressed the topic of: 'Remote Guidance during Covid-19 (updates and resources)'

You can view webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' below



Further Education & Training
24/06/2020

NCGE / LCETB / GRETB

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-WEBINAR1-Presentation-NCGE.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-FET-WEBINAR1-Presentation-LCETB.pdf
  3. PDF icon NCGE-FET-WEBINAR1-Presentation-GRETB.pdf

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(Covid-19) Guidance on Continuity of Schooling: Supporting Learners in Youthreach Centres

The Department of Education and Skills has recently published Guidance on Continuity of Schooling: Supporting Learners in Youthreach Centres to support Youthreach centres in their continued support for learners to engage with learning during the closure of Centres due to Covid-19. These guidelines include reference to Guidance related learning resources (page 10), relevant websites and links to DES and NCGE resources available to support the continued provision of guidance online to Youthreach participants.

To access this document, click the 'Resource Link' below



Further Education & Training
19/05/2020

Department of Education and Skills


Resource Link

(Covid-19) NCGE Support Information for Guidance Counsellors and guidance practitioners in Further Education and Training (FET)

To support the continued provision of quality guidance services across the Further Education and Training (FET) sector and in accordance with the DES Continuity of Guidance Counselling - Guidelines for schools providing online support for students (April 2020), NCGE has developed support information for the continued delivery of quality guidance services via online / remote guidance and information provision in the Further Education and Training (FET) sector.  



Further Education & Training
09/04/2020

NCGE

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-Support-Information -GuidancePractioners-FET.pdf

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