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Irish Reference Group for EU Initiatives in Education and Skills

Europass, in collaboration with the Irish ENIC-NARIC centre Qualifications Recognition, the European Qualifications Framework National Contact Point (EQFNCP), Léargas, the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE), Euroguidance and the Higher Education Authority (HEA), launched the Irish Reference Group for EU Initiatives in Education and Skills in July 2014.

Erasmus+, the Department of Education and Skills, QQI and the European Commission supported the event.

The aim of the Irish Reference Group is to promote efficient connections between initiatives that work across education and training and a wide range of stakeholders.


The ENIC network (European Network of Information Centres) is made up of national information centres. The role of these centres is to provide information and advice on:

  • the recognition of foreign diplomas, degrees and other academic or professional qualifications
  • education systems in other European countries and one's own country
  • opportunities for studying abroad, including information on loans and scholarships, as well as on practical questions related to mobility and equivalence.

The NARIC network (National Academic Recognition Information Centres) was created in 1984. The network aims at improving academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study in the Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Central and Eastern European countries.

To view the website of the Irish ENIC-NARIC use the following link,

To visit the ENIC-NARIC portal website use the following link,

National Reference Points

In every country (European Union, European Economic Area and very soon in candidate countries), a National Reference Point gives access to information on vocational qualifications. All National Reference Points are part of a network.

To view the website of the Irish NRP use the following link.

The links to the National Reference Points for vocational qualifications in other countries are available here .


Euroguidance is the network of National Resource Centres for Vocational Guidance. The main functions of Euroguidance are as follows:

  • to provide information on education and training opportunities in Europe, mainly for guidance practitioners, who should relay it to citizens at large
  • to support the exchange of quality information on education and training systems and on qualifications in the European Union, the European Economic Area and Central and Eastern European countries
  • to support the Ploteus portal.

View the website of the Irish Euroguidance centre.

Visit the website of the Euroguidance website.


Ploteus aims to help students, job seekers, workers, parents, guidance counsellors, trainers to find information about studying in Europe. In Ploteus, you can find information on:

  • learning opportunities and training possibilities available throughout the European Union
  • education and training systems
  • exchange programmes and grants
  • everything you need to know when moving abroad to another European country.

Visit the Ploteus website portal.


EURES (European Employment Service) aims to facilitate the free movement of workers within the countries of the European Economic Area. Partners in the network include public employment services, trade unions and employer organisations. The partnership is coordinated by the European Commission.

The main functions of EURES are as follows:

  • to inform, counsel and provide advice to potentially mobile workers on job opportunities and living and working conditions in the European Economic Area;
  • to assist employers in recruiting workers from other countries;
  • to provide pertinent advice and guidance to workers and employers in cross border regions.

To visit the Eures website use the following link,

EU programmes for education and training

This link gives access to the web pages of the European Commission dedicated to Community programmes and actions in education and training.

To visit the pages of the European Commission dedicated to EU programmes for education and training use the following link,


Accrediation and Co-ordination of English Language Services (ACELS)

Leonardo da Vinci Ireland

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

National Framework of Qualifications

Qualifications Recognition - Ireland

The European Commission Representation in Ireland


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