News Burst: Government forced to launch free 'bug busting' courses

The Government will today announce free "bug-busting" courses for companies gearing up to tackle the millennium bug. The move follows the "poor response" to initial company training programmes earlier this year, which, despite an investment of nearly £30 million by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Education and Employment, attracted only 240 responses.

The Government will today announce free "bug-busting" courses for companies gearing up to tackle the millennium bug. The move follows the "poor response" to initial company training programmes earlier this year, which, despite an investment of nearly £30 million by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Education and Employment, attracted only 240 responses.

The government hopes to attract 20,000 people to take part in the courses offered by further education colleges and Training and Enterprise Councils- by March 1999.

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