Blair Y2K job scheme turns to dust

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Tony Blair's crusade to recruit and train 20,000 millennium bug-busters is fizzling out into a very damp squib. The Government has set aside £26 million for the progamme, which has attracted just 24 recruits in its first three months, The Times reports. With a budget of over £1 million per pupil, the standard of teaching had better be good. The government says that it is early days, and is not concerned about low levels of interest, but Y2K specialists are worried. Sally Tate, joint MD of IT training company Prince, warned the Government will miss its target, unless it takes urgent action. "Everything is ready but there is very low interest," she told The Times. "When we phone companies, they don't think there is a problem." ®

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