Adult Guidance and Information Service

What is Adult Education Guidance?

Adult Education Guidance is a service that helps adults make the best education, career and life choices for themselves. We provide impartial and confidential guidance counselling to adults who want to explore their education options and career paths.

Adult Education Guidance is a person centred service. This means the educational needs and career goals of each individual are at the heart of each guidance session. Guidance counselling sessions are usually one to one; however, group guidance sessions can also be arranged.

Who is it for?

We prioritise the unemployed, those in low skilled employment, people who left school early and students attending classes with the Adult Education Service.

The service is available to adults who are living in the local and surrounding community. Areas we cover include Swords, Balbriggan, Balrothery, Donabate, Garristown, Rush, Lusk, Skerries, Malahide, Naul, Portmarnock and Portrane.

How can we help?

  • Discover your unique skills, strengths, values and interests,
  • Explore all options for education and training available to you, including courses with the Adult Education Service and courses with other centres,
  • Research funding and grants available to you,
  • Make a career plan,
  • Prepare for employment, including C.V. writing, guidance and job interview preparation,
  • Help understand what your qualification from another country is equivalent to in the Irish education system.
  • Support in overcoming issues that may be holding you back
  • Planning for the future

What is the role of an Information Officer?

Understanding and finding your way around the many courses available to you can be confusing at times. We can help you understand the education and training options available to you. This includes:

  • Understanding the content of courses and what you will be qualified to do after completing a course,
  • Clarifying the entry requirements of different courses,
  • Providing information about funding for different courses,
  • Supporting adults with the application process for different courses,
  • Providing information about learning supports available to student

Contact Information


Adult Guidance Counsellor:  Orla Hicks


Phone: 01 8417763

Information Officer Balbriggan: Kevin McCabe


Phone: 01 841 7763

Location: Adult Education Service Balbriggan, Sarsfield House, Mill Street, Balbriggan, K32 KX82


Adult Guidance Counsellor/Coordinator: Majella Callaghan


Phone: 01 840 8946

Information Officer Swords: Rebecca Rudden


Phone: 01 840 8946

Location: Adult Education Service Swords, 7 The Plaza, Forster Way Swords, K67 KR44