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Thursday, 19 January 2023

Department of Education and Skills

Apprenticeship Programmes

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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284. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason corrective lenses are not permitted for candidates on plumbing apprenticeships when they fail the colour vision test; if his Department will consider allowing corrective lenses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2639/23]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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My Department's officials have engaged with SOLAS on this issue and have been informed that currently, a SOLAS statutory apprenticeship requires that in certain designated crafts, apprenticeship applicants must pass the Ishihara colour vision test without the use of corrective lenses.

SOLAS are continually reviewing the existing statutory apprenticeships and the matter of colour vision testing will be included in this process.


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