NCGE’s role in supporting adult guidance includes advising the Department of Education and Skills and SOLAS on continued development and management of adult guidance with reference to managing organisations and designated target groups. NCGE also supports the guidance counsellor/practitioner in building on experience and developing models of good practice for the provision of guidance of the various target groups within adult guidance.
Quality assurance and self-evaluation are key components of adult guidance services and NCGE has a key role in terms of advice and implementation in this regard. Accountability is at the heart of every adult guidance service and encourages best practice outcomes, which in turn can inform policy, practice and evolution of adult guiidance services.
Adult guidance comprises an integrated model of adult educational guidance counselling which is:
- inclusive of the pre-entry, entry, on-going and pre-exit stages and iso inclusive of personal, educational and vocational guidance;
- working in partnership at local level, meeting a spectrum of guidance needs of the target groups, employing a range of methodologies including information provision, one-to-one guidance, group guidance and outreach provision;
- based within the ETBs/other managing providers.
The priorities for adult guidance include integration, future planning and funding.