Practitioner Resources

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Supporting Refugees from Ukraine

NCGE has developed information to support FET and adult guidance provision and career management for refugees arriving from Ukraine to Ireland. As part of several national working groups and committees, NCGE continue to inform national discussions toward the development of supports for Refugees and Asylum seekers in Ireland. NCGE recognises the challenges and implications for (ETB) Adult guidance services tasked by SOLAS and ETBI as “1st point of contact” for Ukrainian refugees.

Expertise in (ETB) Adult Education Guidance Service (AEGS) delivery of Career Guidance support to Refugees, International Protection Applicants and Migrants takes account of psychological issues and social, personal, and educational considerations in supporting all individuals to navigate the Irish system and to facilitate inclusion, informed choice, and career development planning along the lifespan.

Recognising the emergency and refugee crisis for Ukrainians; EU, State and voluntary services have been galvanized to deliver supports. This has generated a flow of discussions, arrangements and agreements coming from a range of sources. It is vital that the Irish policy context and practice implications for FET and (ETB) AEGS is therefore further supported.
As the situation is continuously evolving, this document is intended to offer the current understandings regarding the education, training and career opportunities and services relevant to the provision of adult guidance counselling to Ukrainian Refugees in Ireland. It is vital that information is contextualized where appropriate. NCGE intend to update this document as national arrangements continue to be agreed and announced.

Further Education & Training


  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-Supporting-Refugees-Ukraine-2022-V3-EN.pdf

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'Guidance for Deaf People: starting a positive conversation'

This webinar served as the first conversation focusing on Guidance and the value we as a community can offer Deaf people. The session took a  Universal Design for Learning (UDL) focus – exploring Deaf culture, experience of guidance, learning and work and most importantly setting out the role of communication (ISL ACT 2017) in Guidance relationships. There is a lot of added learning as this webinar will take the position that the Deaf community are a minority bilingual community, strong communicators, and relationship managers. As this is a starting point - the webinar will consider guidance and its engagement - whether the Deaf person is school going, an FET student or an adult learner. Or indeed a parent or significant other for a Deaf person.
The webinar took the time to:
  • Appreciate the different approaches to language and communication – which will be of benefit to guidance engagement for both Deaf people and Guidance counsellors
  • Share a unique view of communication and Deaf awareness in a guidance context (cultural, societal, and learning)
  • Explore challenges that exist for Deaf people in relation to guidance and career planning.
Deaf people played a central role in this webinar as it aimed to remove barriers and ensure equality and inclusion across guidance. It is part of an innovative project funded by POBAL which aims to develop a toolkit together (taking a UDL approach) that will be of benefit to Guidance Counsellors, now and into the future. The content included setting out the background and introducing the project and work of the Irish Deaf Society (IDS), establish the IDS (the project, together with Peer Mentors) as a resource for Guidance Counsellors, introduce Deaf awareness, new terminology, and an appreciation of Irish Sign Language (ISL) 

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


Post Primary, Further Education & Training

NCGE / Irish Deaf Society

  1. PDF icon NCGE-Guidance-For-Deaf-People-EN.pdf
2022 Lifelong Guidance Webinar Series
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This webinar was presented in collaboration with Mark Deegan (Head of Apprenticeships Technological University Dublin) and explored the varied career paths available through Craft Apprenticeship and the range of programmes, disciplines, and pathways from foundation and apprenticeship to undergraduate and doctoral levels.

Find further information
 on Apprenticeships at

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

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

NCGE/TU Dublin

  1. PDF icon NCGE-Apprenticeships-EN.pdf
2022 Lifelong Guidance Webinar Series
Resource Link

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


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

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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'Applying to Higher Education from Further Education: Practical Implications and key considerations'

18th January 2022

In this webinar, Dr. Carol Guildea (Post Primary Programme Coordinator, NCGE) and Mary Stokes (Further Education and Training Programme Coordinator, NCGE) facilitated a session focusing on the practical implications and key considerations involved in transitioning from Further to Higher Education. In this webinar, lifelong guidance is addressed in relation to a systematic approach to progression.

The NCGE resource Template for Guidance Plan: Applying to Higher Education from Further Education was referenced during this session, which included presentations from:

  • CAO: Eileen Keleghan, Communications Officer
  • IUA: Colm Downes, Access Programme Manager
  • HEI: Lillian Griffin, Admissions Officer, Munster Technological University

A record of the Q&A responses during this webinar session is available also below. 

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

Post Primary, Further Education & Training


  1. PDF icon NCGE-Applying-Higher-Ed-From-Further-Ed-Presentation-EN.pdf
  2. File NCGE-Applying-Higher-Ed-From-Further-Ed-Q&A-EN.docx
2022 Lifelong Guidance Webinar Series, 2022 Post-Primary Webinar Series
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'Universal Design for Learning in FET Guidance provision'

30th November 2021

In this webinar for FET practitioners, NCGE FET Guidance Programme Coordinator Mary Stokes hosted Dr. Tom Tobin and Dara Ryder of AHEAD in an exploration of the application of Universal Design principles in FET Guidance provision. The ‘why’ and ‘how’ of UDL in FET were examined to see how barriers can be lowered to facilitate informed choices for learners in FET.

Learn more about the UDL approach from AHEAD at

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

Further Education & Training

NCGE / Dr. Thomas Tobin / AHEAD

  1. PDF icon NCGE-AHEAD-UDL-FET-Guidance-Presentation-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-AHEAD-UDL-FET-Guidance-Handout-EN.pdf
Autumn 2021 FET Webinar Series
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'DFHERIS Adult Literacy For Life 10 Year Strategy in FET Guidance Practice'

23rd November 2021

In this webinar for FET practitioners, Mary Stokes, NCGE FET Guidance Programme Coordinator and Roisin Doherty, SOLAS Director FET Learner Support explored the ten-year adult literacy, numeracy, and digital literacy strategy Adult Literacy for Life (ALL) and its implications and applications in FET Guidance practice.

See more information on ALL at

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

Further Education & Training


  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-Presentation-DFHERIS-ALL-Strategy-EN.pdf
Autumn 2021 FET Webinar Series
Resource Link

NCGE / Salespulse Guide on Anonymising Client Data on the AGMS

The following resource outlines the process for staff of ETB Adult Education Guidance Services to edit client data on the Adult Guidance Management System database in cases where a client has not been in touch with a service for 7+ years.

As advised by Salespulse, best practice regarding Data Protection in use of the existing database involves manual editing of client data to provide anonymity while maintaining historical information and statistics on the system.


Further Education & Training

NCGE / Salespulse

  1. PDF icon NCGE-Salespulse-Guide-Anonymising-Data-AGMS.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

NCGE / Sarah Tully (Solicitor & Legal Trainer)

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

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