Euroguidance, the network that links lifelong guidance and international mobility across Europe, has published information on national lifelong guidance systems in its member countries, including information on careers and educational guidance for adults. An outline of the Irish national guidance system is available here - Ireland
In Ireland, guidance is provided nationally via state funding and private practice. The delivery, provision and activities of guidance services will vary depending on
- the relevant policies in place;
- staff resources available;
- the client cohort and the age of that client cohort;
- the institutional setting
In the education and training sector, guidance services can be integrated into and delivered within the overall education / training programme or co-ordinated to ensure provision to a specific education and training programme. More specifically, DES (Irish Department of Education and Skills) funded guidance is provided in Post Primary Schools (for students aged 12 -18 years) and in FET which includes the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI), Post Leaving Cert / Colleges of Further Education (PLC/CFE), Youthreach/ Community Training Centres (CTCs) etc. In the Higher Education Sector, the student support services include Careers Offices, Mature Student and Access Offices, International Office and Disability supports. In the Public Employment Sector i.e. through the Irish Department of Employment affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) guidance related services are provided in Intreo offices and by EmployAbility and local employment and job placements services.
The National Centre for Guidance in Education is an agency of the Irish Department of Education and Skills, with responsibility to support and develop guidance practice in all areas of education and to inform the policy of the Department in the field of guidance. NCGE also hosts the Euroguidance Centre Ireland....more