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Service Delivery


Adult Guidance Target Groups

Target Groups



Adult Guidance Services work with a range of target groups.  Adults seeking quality guidance and information can range from 18 years old to post-retirement age.  In some specific cases, the Adult Guidance Services work with young people aged 16 and 17 years of age. 






Adult guidance puts a special emphasis on:-

  • those adults who may wish to increase their levels of literacy;
  • those at risk of long term unemployment;
  • those in the workplace who may wish to build on their basic skills and
  • those adults who are ineligible to be on the Live Register and are currently not working.
  • Impartial quality information on local, regional and national adult education opportunities and progression is available to the general public.

Some of the target groups which typically fall within the remit of adult guidance include the following:-

  • The Vocational Training Opportunity Scheme (VTOS) which is aimed at encouraging long term unemployed adults, with below Leaving Certificate standard of education, to return to full time education and gain qualifications;
  • Adult literacy learners, which represent those clients, who wish to improve their reading, writing and numeracy.  There are many adult literacy programmes available, including the Intensive Tuition in Adult Basic Education (ITABE).  However, more and more, literacy and numeracy is built into mainstream adult education. A popular methodology is the use of IT, which may enhance both digital literacy and adult literacy in tandem.
  • Community education (which includes the Back to Education Initiative), provides a range of learning opportunities within a community context.

Since 2006, adult guidance has played a key role in supporting former residents of designated residential institutions for children (funding for specific educational purposes may be available to these clients and their adult family members from the Education Finance Board).

Adults who left school without formal qualifications are eligible for ‘one to one’ guidance and group guidance.