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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AEGS - AGMS - Texting Module Guide

NCGE has been working closely with our IT provider to ensure that the Texting Facility within the AGMS is fully operational for all services. This Texting Facility allows AEGS staff to send texts (via the AGMS), with prior permission of the client already provided. Providing for a ‘cap’ of 500 texts per AEGS, funded for each of the ETB AEGS by NCGE, this extra 500 Texts per service is now available and supports the following:

( i)  Allows AEGS to contact those hard to reach clients who may not have suitable internet access, to provide information and offer continued and additional guidance supports where appropriate.

(ii) Provides a process whereby the client receiving guidance online can provide their noted consent to their data being entered onto the AGMS following the guidance session (in line with GDPR).

NCGE has developed a short guide to using the Text facility within the AGMS and this is available below.

Further Education & Training

NCGE / SalesPulse

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AGMS-Texting-Manual.pdf

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Self-Care and Mental Health issues for Adult Education Guidance Services

In November 2019 NCGE hosted CPD for AEGS staff, including workshops delivered by Dr Marie Rooney on ‘Supporting the practitioner to support the client: Self-Care and Mental Health issues for Adult Education Guidance Services’. The resource booklet developed by Dr Rooney for this workshop is now available and provides information, references and resources that may be useful in the support of AEGS staff and clients.

Further Education & Training

Dr Marie Rooney 

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Self-Care-Mental-Health-PDF-EN.pdf

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Guidelines on Provision of AEGS to 16-17 year olds

In 2014, the Department of Education and Skills requested NCGE to develop Guidelines on the Provision of Adult Educational Guidance Services to 16 and 17 year olds to enhance and support the existing DES AEGI Operational Guidelines 2012. These Guidelines are intended to support the Adult Educational Guidance Services (AEGS) nationally and were intended to inform AEG Services and their managing agencies - the Education and Training Boards (ETBs).

Further Education & Training

NCGE / Deparment of Education and Skills

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Guidelines_Provision_of_AEGS_to_16_and_17_Year_Olds-PDF-EN.pdf

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Presentation for new AEGS Staff

On September 19th 2019 NCGE welcomed a group of Guidance staff recently recruited to work in established ETB AEGS around the country. This was a lively session with Guidance Coordinators, Guidance Information Officers and Guidance Counsellors taking the opportunity to listen and discuss the role of data gathering in the AEGS model, the way the AEGS model of Guidance has developed and how developments in the FET ‘landscape’ will influence Guidance delivery in to the future.

Further Education & Training


  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Presentation-NewAEGSstaff-PDF-EN.pdf

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Irish Refugee Council – Information Booklet 2019/2020

In March 2019 NCGE facilitated CPD for AEGS’ staff on the topic of Social Inclusion. The Irish Refugee Council were among the presenters at this event to inform on their role working with and for refugees in Ireland. Further to the IRC’s involvement with this CPD, the IRC have provided their Information Booklet 2019/2020, a resource which may be of use for FET guidance provision for Irish refugees or to otherwise provide relevant information/points of referral.

Further Education & Training

Irish Refugee Council

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-IRC-Education-Information-Booklet2019-PDF-EN.pdf

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Social inclusion, Challenges and Opportunities

In March 2019 CPD was developed to offer AEGS’ an opportunity to learn about ongoing relevant policy developments in the area of social inclusion.

With speakers from various areas of policy and practice; part of the purpose of this CPD programme was to support AEGS guidance staff in sharing knowledge, expertise and practice. The events  were a reminder of the challenges to sincerely inclusive practice; and the need for useful collaboration and necessary cooperation between services in this crowded landscape where many agencies and services may be working on behalf of different Government departments and associated policies and strategies and priorities. You can access the presentations below,

Further Education & Training

NCGE / Dr Ebun Joseph/ SOLAS / NDA / BITCI / ESOL

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-GCC-Presentation-PDF-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-IO-Presentation-PDF-EN.pdf
  3. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Ebun-Joseph-PDF-EN.pdf
  4. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-SOLAS-Active-Inclusion-PDF-EN.pdf
  5. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-NDA-Guidance-PDF-EN.pdf
  6. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-NDA-Universal-Design-PDF-EN.pdf
  8. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Social-Inclusion-ESOL-PDF-EN.pdf

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Striving for social justice: towards emancipatory guidance practices

This webinar recording with Prof. Ronald Sultana explores social justice, the impact of neo-liberalism on people’s lives and on public services, why guidance matters and how guidance can contribute to the emancipatory project.

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

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Prof. Ronald Sultana

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Webinar-Striving-Justice-Presentation-PDF-EN.pdf

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A Different Approach for a Different Brain - Guiding Students with Asperger’s Syndrome towards Achievable Goals

This article is intended to aid Guidance Counsellors working with students with Asperger’s Syndrome / ASD Level 1. 
The first step is to understand the condition.

Note: This document was previously uploaded to the (old) 'NCGE School Guidance Handbook'

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Veronica Leaney

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Asbergers-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Asbergers-GA.pdf
Developing My Learning, Developing Myself
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GDPR considerations AEGI AGMS

In May 2018 the Irish and European Data Protection landscape changed significantly following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the set of data management obligations which is currently in effect across the entire European region.These regulations have implications for Adult Education Guidance Services, particularly in relation to the Adult Guidance Management Service database (AGMS). In the context of the development of FET wide Guidance service provision, and with the understanding that the existing AGMS is currently under review and redevelopment this webinar provides a brief overview of the Regulation, the Data Management principles of the Regulation, its impact and the rights of the Data Subject. NCGE plans to develop appropriate GDPR Guidelines for Adult Education Guidance Services in ETB contexts; this webinar therefore informs the current and ongoing use of the AEGI AGMS database in the context of GDPR compliance. It is hosted by NCGE FET Programme Coordinator Mary Stokes, and Hugh Jones, co-founder of Data Protection specialists Sytorus.

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

Further Education & Training

NCGE / Hugh Jones (Sytorus)

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Webinar-GDPR-Presentation-PDF-EN.pdf

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Supporting and Including Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children in Education

This article provides a brief overview of the current refugee crisis in Europe; the experiences of child refugees and; subsequent impacts on their lives and education.

Note: This document was previously uploaded to the (old) 'NCGE School Guidance Handbook'

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Hilary Harmon

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Refugee-Asylum Seeking-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Refugee-Asylum Seeking-GA.pdf

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