Funding in respect of vocational training and employment services for people with disabilities is provided under subheads K.2 and K.3 of the Vote for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and from the national training fund. Funding is allocated through FÁS, as the training employment authority under the aegis of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The total allocation in 2003 in respect of payments, facilitates or services for those with physical or intellectual, and mental, disabilities in 2003 amounts to €42,253,000.
The above figure relates to funding allocated specifically towards vocational training and employment for people with disabilities. However, people with disabilities avail of the full range of FÁS programme and services, and would benefit within the overall budgets, including training allowances, allocated to these programmes, including community employment, social economy, specific skills training, traineeships.