Special Initiative for Travellers

FÁS were invited by the Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation to develop a special initiative to explore practical approaches to redressing the imbalance in Traveller unemployment, support Travellers already engaged in the Traveller economy and provide a Special Training Fund (small grants) to address the training needs of adult Travellers.

Key Aspects of the Initiative

The Special Initiative for Travellers focuses on job-ready Travellers and supports their access into employment.

In 2010 the Programme was delivered in thirteen areas nationally and in 2011 FAS is focusing on mainstreaming the service for Travellers.

What is the Special Initiative for Travellers Service?

Special Initiative for Travellers is an employment and recruitment service to assist Travellers to secure and maintain a job in the open labour market.

Who is eligible?

Travellers who are job ready and need a level of support to succeed in long-term and sustainable employment.

What Service is Available?

Special Initiative for Travellers provides a range of supports to Travellers and employers through a Job Coach. The range of supports include:

Services for Jobseekers

Career Advice:

Employment Support:

Follow-up Support:


Advice on employment benefits and entitlements

Funded by the Irish Government and part-financed by the European Social Fund under the National Development Plan 2005—2006