The U.S. Air Force Communications Agency Awards $14 Million Dollar Contract to SkillSoft

SkillSoft's e-Learning Content and Technology Outfits Personnel with the Technical Skills Needed to Succeed

NASHUA, N.H., May 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium- sized businesses, today announced it has been awarded a new 5-year contract to support the United States Air Force's (USAF) global IT training requirements. Awarded by the Air Force Communications Agency (AFCA), the contract has a total potential value exceeding $14 million and reaffirms SkillSoft as a leader in the Department of Defense and Federal e-learning.

With the contract, SkillSoft provides a robust combination of in-depth courseware, fully-searchable online books, learning management technology and mentoring services for up to 700,000 Air Force personnel worldwide. The comprehensive solution supports IT certification, continuing professional education, new technology rollouts and other IT education priorities while helping the Air Force meet DoDD 8570-1, Information Assurance Training, Certification, and Workforce Management requirements. Known as SkillChoice IT, the solution makes it affordable to provide Air Force personnel with powerful tools to support learning in the workplace, and to keep pace with the constant changes in technology.

"The Air Force Communications Agency oversees a unique and challenging training environment and we are pleased to provide them with a flexible and diverse learning solution," said Kevin Duffer, VP Public Sector and Channel Markets at SkillSoft. "This new contract continues SkillSoft's long-standing relationship with the Air Force and reinforces our commitment to supporting the war fighter with the best possible learning technologies."

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses. SkillSoft enables companies to maximize business performance through a combination of comprehensive e-learning content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services.

Content offerings include business, IT, desktop and compliance courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as SkillSim(TM) simulations, KnowledgeCenter(TM) portals and online mentoring services. The Books24x7(R) division offers online access to more than 14,000 unabridged IT and business books in its Referenceware(R) collections, as well as book summaries, executive reports and best practices. Technology offerings include the SkillPort(R) learning management system, Search-and-Learn(R), SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) virtual classroom, SkillView(R) competency management software and the Enterprise Learning Connection Suite(TM), a set of platform-neutral modules that can be used to create learning programs tailored to business needs.

SkillSoft courseware content described herein is for information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. SkillSoft has no obligation or commitment to develop or deliver any future release, upgrade, feature, enhancement or function described in this press release except as specifically set forth in a written agreement.

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