Mary Stokes has been the Guidance Programme Coordinator for Further Education & Training (FET) with the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) since October 2016.
Mary’s academic background includes B.A. Psych. and M.A. (Research: Guidance Counselling in Post Primary Education in Ireland) and she has worked for over 30 years in a wide range of Guidance Counselling roles including Post-Primary Guidance Counsellor, PLC and Community Guidance Counsellor, Guidance Counsellor to 3rd level Access courses and HSE Recovery programmes, Adult Education Guidance Counsellor and ETB AEGS Guidance Counsellor- Service Coordinator.
Mary’s priorities include the provision of inclusive, impartial, accessible, informed, and useful adult guidance services. Mary is committed to the promotion of service cooperation and support of collaborative system development to best serve the needs of all across the lifespan.
Mary brings an informed perspective regarding the delivery of Adult Guidance to those who are vulnerable, are distant from education and employment and those challenged by the global pandemic upheavals. Mary has valuable understanding of the range of existing service provision and the need for development of distinct yet cooperative policies and systems
Siobhan Magner National Programme Manager for the Sales Apprenticeship, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB)
Siobhan Magner has an extensive background in Higher Education (HE) - lecturing, training and programme design & development in undergraduate, postgraduate, CPD and corporate disciplines.
After 20 years in the HE sector, Siobhan moved to the Further Education (FE) sector in 2017 to lead the programme design and development of a number of new generation apprenticeships. Her current role with Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) as National Programme Manager for the Sales Apprenticeship involves the implementation and management of this new innovative programme. Research interests include entrepreneurial education, innovative assessment and design, with a particular focus on work-based assessment.
She was awarded a Masters in Hospitality Management from DIT (TUD) and is currently undertaking a Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in Programme Design and Validation for Further Education and Training (FET).