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NCGE April 2022 Bulletin

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Welcome to the April 2022 'NCGE Bulletin'. We hope you find the resources and updates below of support to you in your Guidance role. Please ensure to scroll down to the end and see what is relevant for YOU and contact any member of the NCGE TEAM when you need. 

2022 'Post Primary' Webinar Series
There are 3 x Webinars remaining in the 2022 Post Primary webinar series.

  • Green Guidance at a Local Level
  • Guidance for Deaf People: Starting a Positive Conversation*
  • Review of the Academic Year: Reflections on Whole School Guidance Planning
To sign up for these and to access the recordings and presentations from those to date, click below.
* This webinar is open to all Guidance Counsellors regardless of setting.

Face-to-Face Workshops: 'Whole School Guidance Planning'
Thank you to all Guidance Counsellors who signed up for our NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland Face-to-Face workshops on Whole School Guidance Planning taking place in April and May. Four workshops were scheduled initially with an additional five dates being added to the calendar due to demand ! We look forward to seeing those of you who successfully registered at these 9 x nationwide events. There, we will reflect on all aspects of WSG planning and a selection of NCGE and Euroguidance Ireland resources will be distributed to participants.


Available Printed Resources
NCGE has a 'Shopify' portal available for Guidance Counsellors in every Post-Primary school to order certain available printed resources. We hope these will be of use to you in Guidance delivery and planning. If you wish to order any of the items available (free of charge), you can do so by clicking below. 

ORDER Available Post Primary Printed Resources

Euroguidance Webinars on Guidance for Refugees
The Euroguidance Network is offering webinars to support guidance professionals from all over Europe in supporting refugees, with a particular focus on Ukraine. Guidance professionals who would like to learn more about helpful tools and important aspects on how to work with refugees are invited to register.

NEXT WEBINAR:  'Exploring effective approaches to career guidance with refugees'  (28th April – 14:00-16:00 CEST)

The Euroguidance Network is maintaining a number of articles, resources and tools that might be of help to the guidance community in supporting the newly arrived – the list will be continuously updated. See HERE


Consider adding a European dimension to your classroom guidance planning for 2022/23...
Those of you attending NCGE’s 9 x national CPD events at the end of April and May will be introduced to our Euroguidance resources and receive a hard copy of some samples. If you have been unable to secure a place at these events you can click below to browse the resources available for free to all schools. You can also enrol your school on 'Euro-Quest'.


Erasmus+ Opportunities for Schools & ‘All Aboard event’
Léargas have organised a session is for those working in the Irish school education sector who are interested in learning about funding opportunities under Erasmus+. The focus will be on mobility for pupils and staff in School Education. For more information see HERE

NCGE Euroguidance recently collaborated with Léargas on a workshop exploring Erasmus opportunities for the Guidance Counsellor. To access the workshop recording and toolkit to support your ‘Erasmus+ application, see HERE

You can also join Léargas on a real-life train as they travel around Ireland promoting #EuropeanYearOfYouth. For more information see HERE


NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland - virtual Academia 2022 
A core element of our role both nationally and in a European context, is to develop the competence of guidance professionals in areas pertaining to lifelong guidance.  One of the ways we achieve this is through our participation in Academia - a European thematic study visit programme. The theme we chose to explore for this year’s virtual 3-day exchange was 'The role of guidance in supporting individuals to effectively navigate key transitions across a lifespan'. We would like to take this opportunity to again thank all the wonderful speakers and participants who made this event a success. To learn more about the event programme, speakers and to access presentations - see HERE


Celebrate Europe Day - May 9th 2022 
Europe Day is a day to celebrate peace and unity throughout Europe. To learn more about Europe Day 2022 activities see HERE. To mark this occasion, or any other in the European calendar, see our ‘Celebrate Europe’ resource. It flags events that can be celebrated and opportunities to explore as well as providing 27 ideas for the Guidance Counsellor and other subject teachers to leverage activities in a fun and creative way! 
Euroguidance Ireland  / Eurodesk Ireland will also be launching a NEW publication exploring European opportunities for young people on Europe Day. More information to come !!


Report on the 9th Meeting of the Irish EU Reference Group of Agencies of the DFHERIS 
The report of the proceedings of the 2022 meeting of the Irish EU Reference Group of Agencies of the DFHERIS is now available HERE. The meeting hosted by QQI & Europass in collaboration with Léargas, NCGE, and the HEA was held virtually and the response and engagement from those attending was excellent. The report and speaker presentations provide a documentary record of the proceedings of the day, highlight issues raised and share links for more information on the topics as covered on the day. 


30 Years of the Euroguidance Network
This year we are celebrating 30 Years since the establishment of the Euroguidance Network. The Euroguidance Network has grown over the years, now comprising more than 30 countries. Powered by Erasmus+, the Network continues to support the competence development of guidance practitioners on the European dimension of lifelong guidance. More updates on the celebration of this milestone to follow…


Resource for FET Guidance Counsellors regarding the Ukraine refugee crisis
NCGE has developed information to support FET and adult guidance provision and career management for refugees arriving from Ukraine to Ireland. As part of several national working groups and committees, NCGE continue to inform national discussions toward the development of supports for Refugees and Asylum seekers in Ireland. NCGE recognises the challenges and implications for (ETB) Adult guidance services tasked by SOLAS and ETBI as “1st point of contact” for Ukrainian refugees.
We hope the resource below is of use to you at this time.


“Learning in Limbo Survey 2022”
AHEAD Ireland have launched their “Learning in Limbo Survey 2022” and have engaged NCGE to broaden the reach of the survey! NCGE invite FET Guidance practitioners to encourage FET Learners to engage with the survey where possible. Asking “do you want to make a difference to the future of inclusive learning?” The survey aims to capture experiences from FET and Higher Education to inform ongoing work & national policy. It aims to capture the student voice to advocate for the future of inclusive education by May Students with disabilities are actively invited to participate.
The survey can be completed HERE - deadline 11th of May 2022


NALA - ESOL Conference 2022
NCGE FET and WWETB AEGS are collaborating in delivery of a workshop at the NALA ESOL Conference at Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, on Thursday 19 May. The live conference will span a range of themes, many of which relate to FET Guidance service provision including consideration of 'Authentic materials for the ESOL classroom', 'Building pathways through language proficiency', and 'Challenges of vulnerable students: Victims of human trafficking and women affected by prostitution'. NCGE will collaborate with the WWETB AEGS Guidance Service Coordinator to present the workshop on “Innovative approaches to delivery of impartial and accessible professional adult guidance and information for speakers of other languages, migrants and international protection applicants”


Youth Mental Health across the FET sector
Following engagement by NCGE Post Primary Guidance regarding the Jigsaw Schools Hub Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources for use in schools, NCGE FET Guidance subsequently engaged with Jigsaw to develop similar mental Health Resources and supports for learners in Further and Higher Education. On April 6th, Inchicore College, CDETB Psychological Services and Jigsaw hosted a consultation on Youth Mental Health across the Further and Education Training (FET) sector. The excellent event facilitated Guidance Counsellors from the (CDETB) Colleges of Further Education to share their expertise and to consider how to inform new service development and collaborate more effectively with organisations like Jigsaw. The voice of CFE and PLC Guidance Counsellors is a significant element of FET Guidance making this consultation a much-needed and welcome channel of communication.


The 'NCGE Podcast' aims to broaden the perspective of Guidance in broadly ranged areas of interest and best practice, locally, nationally and internationally. A series of episodes relevant to Post Primary, Further Education and Training (VET in Europe) and European considerations for Guidance are available on the NCGE website and the 'Soundcloud' platform. Each is approximately 45 mins duration. Click below to listen to the available episodes so far. Stay 'tuned' for more !

The 'NCGE Podcast'
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