Pensions Board To Provide Pensions Checklist At Career Guidance Conference

Friday 10 March 2006:The Pensions Board will attend the Institute of Career Guidance Counsellors Annual Conference in Galway this weekend (March 9th – 11th) where they will be encouraging attendees to consider the topic of pensions when discussing employment options with students.

Delegates at the Conference will receive the Pensions Checklist as part of the Conference packs and the Pensions Board will have a pensions information stand at the event where career guidance counsellors can discuss the subject.

Discussing the upcoming event in Galway, Mary Hutch, Head of Information and Training, Pensions Board said: “Career guidance counsellors play a very important role in guiding students to find the career that suits them. The Pensions Board will be speaking to the counsellors at our stand this weekend about how they can give pension information to their students, particularly those who will go directly into the work force from second level school. One question that everybody should ask after an interview with a prospective employer is whether the company has a pension scheme in place or not, and this is an area that career counsellors could explore with their students”.

The Conference takes place in the Corrib Great Southern Hotel, Galway. The Institute of Guidance Counsellors was established in 1968, and is the professional body representing over 1,200 practitioners in second level schools, third level colleges, adult guidance services, private practice and in other settings.

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About the Pensions Board
The Pensions Board is the statutory body set up to regulate occupational pension schemes and PRSAs and to advise the Minister for Social and Family Affairs, and through him, the Government, on overall pension policy development.

Pensions Checklist

The Pensions Checklist is a first step guide to the main items that people need to address in relation to preparing for an adequate income in retirement. The Checklist has 10 key questions for people to ask themselves about their pension status. It also includes a sample taken from the Pensions Board online Pensions Calculator promoting the need for people to take action on starting a pension.

The Pensions Checklist is available free of charge and can be ordered from the Boards’ Information Unit at or Lo-Call – 1890 65 65 65 or can be viewed and downloaded from the Board’s website

For further information:

Mary Hutch
Head of Information & Training
The Pensions Board Tel (01) 613 1900

Mark Leech
Q4 Public Relations Tel (01) 475 1444 / 087-9053679