The Department of Education and Skills has committed in the National Skills Strategy 2025 and the Action Plan for Education 2016-2019, to commence an independent review of existing career guidance tools and career information for students and adults and recommend changes to improve the existing tools and information currently in place across the education and training system in Ireland.
The purpose of the review is to ensure that we are providing high quality, relevant career guidance information to students from post–primary level up to further and higher education. The review will look at the quality of information available to students and adults in relation to career guidance, the sources of this information and how the system is organised to support students and adults in this area.
The Career Guidance Review is being carried out by Indecon International Consultants.
It is critical that the review reflects the inputs/views of the guidance community, as well as of the population of students/learners. With this objective in mind, Indecon developed an approach to provide each group with the opportunity to input into the review via a structured questionnaire format.
Responses to the survey are published only where permission to publish was granted.
Indecon Review of Career Guidance - Implementation
The National Skills Strategy 2025 and the Action Plan for Education 2016-2019, provide for a Career Guidance Review. In April 2019 the Indecon Review of Career Guidance was published.
Recommendations include improvement in career guidance tools and career information including through:
- Providing multi-channel, blended career guidance supports, including online tools with telephone and internet access to experienced guidance practitioners.
- Strengthening and promoting a user-friendly centralised careers portal.
- Investing in providing accessible labour market intelligence.
A Taskforce has been established to drive the implementation of the proposed reforms. The Taskforce has met four times to date and are progressing with the work assigned to them. They are currently considering detailed proposals for the establishment of the support organisation and for the prioritised implementation plan.
The Taskforce has been reviewing existing structures in more detail in order to assist with this planning and there are a number of resources in existence which hold useful information. The following may be useful sources of information related to Career Guidance:
Under the Aegis of the Department of Education and Skills
Qualifax is Ireland’s National Learners’ Database for learners and the public. It provides comprehensive, annually updated information about further and higher education and training options in Ireland and further afield. Articles and links are also provided to assist students, jobseekers, parents, guidance professionals and graduates to make informed choices for education, training and career pathways.
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
QQI is responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. It promotes, maintains and develops the Irish National Framework of Qualifications, and provides academic advice on the recognition of foreign qualifications and advice on the recognition of Irish qualifications abroad. The QQI can also provide information about quality assured education and training programmes and qualifications through a database of programmes and a register of providers.
Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI)
Education and Training Boards (ETBs) were established 2013 and are constituted from the former VECs and FÁS Training Centres. ETBs manage and operate second-level schools, further education colleges, multi-faith community national schools and a range of adult and further education centres delivering education and training programmes.
SOLAS manages, co-ordinates and supports the delivery of the integrated further education and training by the Education and Training Boards (ETBs). SOLAS promotes further education and training provision that is relevant to individual learner needs and national skills needs including the needs of business and future skills requirements.
Adult Educational Guidance Services (AEGS)
The Adult Educational Guidance Services (AEGS) are managed by the 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs).
The ETB AEGS provide impartial careers and education information to adults who wish to return to education and training, or are already registered on an FET programme within the ETBs - to make informed educational, career and life choices.
Guidance is provided in group settings and on a One-to-One basis for those who require further supports - to identify clients own lifelong learning and career plan.
The Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU)
The Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) of SOLAS publishes research and reports that facilitates development and review of policy and practice in the further and higher education sectors as well as other related sectors. The SLMRU also manages the National Skills Database and provides labour market data and analysis.
National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE)
The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) develops and supports guidance provision in the education sector as part of lifelong learning.
The NCGE also hosts Euroguidance Ireland which promotes mobility, helping guidance counsellors and individuals to better understand the opportunities available to European citizens throughout Europe.
Under the Aegis of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Intreo is a single point of contact for all employment and income supports. Intreo offers practical, tailored employment services and supports for jobseekers and employers.
JobsIreland.ie provides advise and assistance for those seeking their first employment or wishing to change their job or career direction. JobsIreland.ie connects with thousands of employers of all sizes and sectors. Last year they advertised over 120,000 jobs in Ireland.
Independent Office under the Aegis of the Taoiseach
The Central Statistics Office (CSO)
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) collects, analyses and makes available statistics about Ireland’s people, society and economy. These include information on the labour market, earnings, business and the economy.
CareersPortal provides careers information, tools and resources for 2nd and 3rd level students, adult learners, jobseekers, parents and guardians and career guidance professionals/providers.
Careers and Education News carries news items that relate to the area of career selection and has a library of material available for use by students and guidance counsellors.
GradIreland provides a range of careers advice for graduate job hunters.
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Central Applications Office (CAO)
The Central Applications Office processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Decisions on admissions to undergraduate courses are made by the HEIs who instruct CAO to make offers to successful candidates. They provide information to applicants, mature students, parents, schools and guidance counsellors.
Professional Organisations that Support Guidance including Career Guidance
Institute of Guidance Counsellors
The Institute of Guidance Counsellors established in 1968, is the professional body representing over 1330 practitioners in second level schools, third level colleges, adult guidance services, private practice and in other settings.
Adult Guidance Association
The Adult Guidance Association will aim to accurately and appropriately represent the views of its members to ensure the continued development of professional Adult Educational Guidance in Ireland.