23rd March 1999
NEW BUGBUSTER COURSE LAUNCHED
A course designed to combat the Millennium Bug has been approved at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.
The university’s Advanced Technology Education and Consultancy, which runs Year 2000 (Y2k) projects to help businesses on Humberside, now offers three different courses under the BugBuster scheme.
BUSINESSES BEAT THE BUG
The first batch of students to attend one of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside’s BugBuster courses have all passed their final exam.
On the programme business people from across Humberside were shown by university staff running the Year 2000 (Y2k) projects how to fix computer applications that could be affected by the millennium bug.
BugBuster project manager Angus Marshall said the funding for the Y2k programmes is provided by the government through Business Link and the Training and Enterprise Council.
“Response to the course was very positive and we have a steady demand for it,” said Mr Marshall. “However we have the capacity to run more as and when they are required on any of our campuses, or those of our partner colleges throughout Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.”
o start running at the beginning of April, is an intensive one-day workshop on Contingency Planning.
“The aim is to help businesses cope with problems which may arise as a result of the Millennium Bug,” said Angus Marshall, who heads the BugBuster team. “It covers all key aspects of business contingency and IT disaster recovery and is free to qualifying businesses in our catchment area.”
The university has also recently entered into a partnership with East Yorkshire College at Bridlington to expand the Y2k and BugBuster programmes further north, having had great success in Grimsby.
Millennium Meltdown Course out on CD-ROM
A training course which is the only free scheme of its kind in Europe is going on CD-ROM to get its Year 2000 message out into the business community.
The Humberside Year 2000 helpdesk at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside helps small businesses beat the millennium bug with workshops held in collaboration with the Humberside TEC and Humberside Business Link.
But now even more local businesses can beat the bug problem with the issue of 5,000 CD-ROMs to enable them to deal with it in-house.
They will complement the Year 2000 auditing workshop run free of charge by university lecturers Angus Marshall and Kevin Jacques.
“The course has been tailored to meet the needs of smaller businesses who don't have the time to attend a full training course,” explained Mr Marshall. “Although we can't guarantee it will solve all their problems, by following the process outlined in the CD course they will be able to assess how much exposure their business may have to the Year 2000 problem, at all levels, and take steps to avoid the worst.”
The government’s Action 2000 scheme is designed to prevent problems in the public services, leaving small businesses to fend for themselves.
“As far as raising awareness goes the government scheme is doing an excellent job, but they’re not offering any practical help for small to medium size enterprises,” said Mr Marshall.
The project is worth £500,000 and the local funding sources are the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, Humberside Business Link, ESF Adapt & Compris, TekniCAL Ltd., and Chisholms Computers.
This funding means local business people can take advantage of the service free of charge. Outside of the Humberside area businesses are paying between £150 and £600 to find out what measures need to be taken.
The CD-ROM is free to businesses who attend short courses held by the Humberside Year 2000 project and free to any business in the Humberside region which employs fewer than 250 people.
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