The U.S. Army Expands e-Learning Partnership with SkillSoft

SkillSoft's e-Learning Content and Technology Equips Army Personnel with the Business and Technical Skills Needed to Excel on the Job

NASHUA, N.H., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions, today announced it has been awarded a new five-year contract from the U.S. Army. Under the new competitively awarded contract, the Army will continue to deploy SkillSoft's e-learning courseware and complementary technology to deliver engaging training experiences to personnel located throughout the world.

The U.S. Army is constantly challenged with providing geographically dispersed personnel with the wide range of business, professional and technical skills necessary to excel on the job. Through its partnership with SkillSoft, the Army is deploying a comprehensive e-learning solution to deliver Web-based training and professional development to all Active Duty, Reserve Component, Guard and Department of the Army civilian personnel. The solution includes SkillSoft's Business Skills and IT Skills Courseware collections and the SkillPort learning management system (LMS).

"Providing our diverse personnel with timely training relevant to their job function is an ongoing challenge," said Stan Davis, project officer for the Army's e-learning program. "SkillSoft's solutions enable us to provide consistent training that transcends geographical challenges while presenting the breadth and depth of knowledge our staff needs to be effective."

"We're excited that the U.S. Army is expanding its use of our e-learning content and technology," said Kevin Duffer, VP Public Sector and Channel Markets at SkillSoft. "This latest contract renewal is a testament to SkillSoft's long-standing relationship with the Army and our commitment to delivering the industry's leading e-learning solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses."

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 10,000 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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