I understand that this question relates specifically to the employment of Guidance Counsellors in Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB).
Guidance is provided in the Further Education and Training sector through the Adult Education Guidance Service (AEGS) and through the guidance allocations to Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) Colleges.
SOLAS provides funding to the 16 Education and Training Boards for the provision of an AEGS that provides a comprehensive, professional and quality guidance and information service to the returning adult learner. This service is open to those who;
- are currently on Literacy, BTEI, Community Education and VTOS programmes
- wish to return to learning but do not know what to do or where to start looking
- left school early and wish to continue with their education and training
- are in receipt of social welfare benefits or who are dependent on someone who is in receipt of social welfare benefits
My officials have contacted DDLETB in relation to your question. The ETB have stated that they are not aware of any referral to other services or areas as a result of a staff shortages.
The ETB reported that in Dublin South East, the ETB employs two Guidance Counsellors and one Information Officer. In Dublin South West, they employ 2 Guidance Counsellors and 2 Information Officers, one of which is currently vacant as a result of a very recent retirement. I understand a recruitment process is underway to fill this vacancy.