Recent reports indicate that the government's "Bug Busters" campaign, to train 20,000 people in Year 2000 skills, has failed to attract many applicants.
Prime Minister Tony Blair launched the initiative in March, saying that #40 million would be spent to create centres of excellence in IT training, with a further #30 million to help SMEs develop skills to tackle Year 2000 problems.
The Prime Minister did however warn that the success of the venture was dependent on "the right response from business", but the response has been weak. "The training started in July, and so far 26 firms have each sent in a person for training," said a Department of Education spokesman.
But he added that (because of holidays) August was typically a quiet month for business, and that the Department "fully expects more take-up in the coming months".
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