SkillSoft Hosts Seminar Program on Organizational Effectiveness Best Practices for Emerging Workforce

Seminars in 30 U.S. Cities Feature Corporate Case Studies in

E-Learning Implementations



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from SkillSoft Corp.

    NASHUA, N.H., April 25 /PRNewswire/ --SkillSoft Corp.
 (Nasdaq:   SKIL), a leading provider of critical business skills
 courseware for e-Learning solutions, today announced a 30-city seminar
 program for human resource and training professionals.  The seminar
 program will outline the requirements for organizational effectiveness
 in today's business culture - one in which change is constant and the
 decision-making process is circular, rather than hierarchical.
     With more than 1.5 million users, SkillSoft provides Web-based
 business training to Global 2000 organizations, government agencies,
 and universities in skill areas such as management, leadership,
 communication, project management and customer service, as well as
 business subjects such as e-commerce, finance, marketing, sales, and
 strategy.
     "Companies today must foster processes and practices that meet the
 needs and expectations of today's emerging workforce.  Today's worker
 takes responsibility for his or her own career and expects advancement
 based on performance, not on job tenure.  He or she sees change as
 natural and not as something to be avoided," said Dr. Elaine Voci,
 SkillSoft's director of e-learning strategies.  "Retention rates,
 recruiting success, customer satisfaction, employee productivity -
 these are only some of the important business metrics that can be
 dramatically influenced by organizational effectiveness strategies."
     The seminar program will also include discussion of three
 companies that have included e-learning as part of their
 organizational effectiveness strategy.  The e-learning case studies
 include:
     --IBM's Basic Blue management training program, which blends
       online coursework and mentoring with classroom training.  The
       program has eliminated six to eight weeks of classroom training
       for new managers.
     --Verizon's internet sales team training program, which blends
       online learning, classroom training, mentoring, and knowledge
       management.  This program has reduced training time from 18
       weeks to 8 and has doubled the size of initial sales.
     --Rockwell Collins' blended learning program, in which savings of
       $23M for 15,000 learners worldwide are projected.  Currently 50%
       of the company's training is online; the goal is to increase it
       to 70%.
 
     Seminar Schedule
     The free seminars are held from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and
 include a question-and-answer session.  To register or obtain more
 information, call 800-327-6960 or go to www.skillsoft.com/news
     Seminar attendees will also receive free copies of SkillSoft's
 recent  white paper "e-Learning in 2001: An Industry Snapshot of
 Adoption and Projected Investments," which details the results of an
 independent benchmark survey of 300 U.S. and Canadian organizations.
 
     Seminars are scheduled for the following cities:
 
     Indianapolis              April 30
     Detroit                   May 10
     Birmingham                May 16
     Washington, D.C.          May 17
     Charlotte                 May 18
     Seattle                   May 24
     Phoenix                   May 25
     NYC/Westchester County    May 30
     Newark                    May 31
     Omaha                     June 5
     New Orleans               June 5
     Wichita                   June 6
     St. Louis                 June 6
     Dallas                    June 12
     Orange County, CA         June 12
     Houston                   June 13
     Los Angeles               June 13
     Memphis                   June 19
     Minneapolis               June 19
     Milwaukee                 June 20
     Chicago                   June 21
     Philadelphia              June 21
     Denver                    June 27
     Cleveland                 June 27
     Little Rock               June 28
     Ft. Lauderdale            July 10
     Tampa                     July 11
     Atlanta                   July 12
 
     About SkillSoft
     With more than 1.5 million user seats, SkillSoft is one of the
 largest providers of e-Learning solutions for Global 2000 companies.
 SkillSoft courses cover a broad variety of critical professional and
 business skills; courses and support services are specifically
 designed to reap the benefits offered by the Internet and Web-based
 customer environments. This design enables SkillSoft users to access
 needed learning resources, with the required specificity or breadth --
 any time and from any location with access to the Internet.
     Customers receive comprehensive learning and performance support
 solutions for their workforce through the SkillSoft library, comprised
 of more than 600 courses for global business markets.  More than 440
 courses are in English and more than 200 are specifically localized
 for the Italian, U.K., and other international markets.  The library
 also includes more than 7,500 learning objects and 1,700 job aids. The
 SkillSoft library encompasses a wide array of business skills, such as
 management, leadership, communication, project management and customer
 service, as well as business subjects such as e-commerce, finance,
 marketing, sales, and strategy.
     SkillSoft complements its course library with SkillPort, an
 e-Learning management platform that offers rapid implementation at a
 cost-efficient price point. SkillPort gives users control over their
 own learning environments and offers tracking and reporting
 capabilities. SkillSoft also recently introduced SkillSimulations,
 Web-based simulations designed to reinforce skills newly acquired
 through SkillSoft courses.  Additional information about SkillSoft is
 available by calling (603) 324-3000 or visiting www.skillsoft.com.
 
 
     SkillSoft, SkillPort, RolePlay, Search-and-Learn, and
 SkillSimulation are trademarks of SkillSoft Corp.  All brand names,
 trademarks, or registered trademarks are the property of their
 respective holders.
 
     This release may include information that could constitute
 forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision
 of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such
 forward-looking statements may involve risk and uncertainties that
 could cause actual results to differ materially from any future
 results encompassed within the forward-looking statements. Factors
 that could cause or contribute to such differences include competitive
 pressures, changes in customer demands or industry standards, adverse
 economic conditions, loss of key personnel, litigation and other
 matters disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's
 most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking financial information
 provided by the Company in this press release represents the Company's
 estimates as of the date of this press release. We anticipate that
 subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's estimates
 to change. However, while the Company may elect to update this
 forward-looking financial information at some point in the future, the
 Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. This forward-
 looking information should not be relied upon as representing the
 Company's estimates of its future financial performance as of any date
 subsequent to the date of this release.
 
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SOURCE SkillSoft Corp.
    NASHUA, N.H., April 25 /PRNewswire/ --SkillSoft Corp.
 (Nasdaq:   SKIL), a leading provider of critical business skills
 courseware for e-Learning solutions, today announced a 30-city seminar
 program for human resource and training professionals.  The seminar
 program will outline the requirements for organizational effectiveness
 in today's business culture - one in which change is constant and the
 decision-making process is circular, rather than hierarchical.
     With more than 1.5 million users, SkillSoft provides Web-based
 business training to Global 2000 organizations, government agencies,
 and universities in skill areas such as management, leadership,
 communication, project management and customer service, as well as
 business subjects such as e-commerce, finance, marketing, sales, and
 strategy.
     "Companies today must foster processes and practices that meet the
 needs and expectations of today's emerging workforce.  Today's worker
 takes responsibility for his or her own career and expects advancement
 based on performance, not on job tenure.  He or she sees change as
 natural and not as something to be avoided," said Dr. Elaine Voci,
 SkillSoft's director of e-learning strategies.  "Retention rates,
 recruiting success, customer satisfaction, employee productivity -
 these are only some of the important business metrics that can be
 dramatically influenced by organizational effectiveness strategies."
     The seminar program will also include discussion of three
 companies that have included e-learning as part of their
 organizational effectiveness strategy.  The e-learning case studies
 include:
     --IBM's Basic Blue management training program, which blends
       online coursework and mentoring with classroom training.  The
       program has eliminated six to eight weeks of classroom training
       for new managers.
     --Verizon's internet sales team training program, which blends
       online learning, classroom training, mentoring, and knowledge
       management.  This program has reduced training time from 18
       weeks to 8 and has doubled the size of initial sales.
     --Rockwell Collins' blended learning program, in which savings of
       $23M for 15,000 learners worldwide are projected.  Currently 50%
       of the company's training is online; the goal is to increase it
       to 70%.
 
     Seminar Schedule
     The free seminars are held from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and
 include a question-and-answer session.  To register or obtain more
 information, call 800-327-6960 or go to www.skillsoft.com/news
     Seminar attendees will also receive free copies of SkillSoft's
 recent  white paper "e-Learning in 2001: An Industry Snapshot of
 Adoption and Projected Investments," which details the results of an
 independent benchmark survey of 300 U.S. and Canadian organizations.
 
     Seminars are scheduled for the following cities:
 
     Indianapolis              April 30
     Detroit                   May 10
     Birmingham                May 16
     Washington, D.C.          May 17
     Charlotte                 May 18
     Seattle                   May 24
     Phoenix                   May 25
     NYC/Westchester County    May 30
     Newark                    May 31
     Omaha                     June 5
     New Orleans               June 5
     Wichita                   June 6
     St. Louis                 June 6
     Dallas                    June 12
     Orange County, CA         June 12
     Houston                   June 13
     Los Angeles               June 13
     Memphis                   June 19
     Minneapolis               June 19
     Milwaukee                 June 20
     Chicago                   June 21
     Philadelphia              June 21
     Denver                    June 27
     Cleveland                 June 27
     Little Rock               June 28
     Ft. Lauderdale            July 10
     Tampa                     July 11
     Atlanta                   July 12
 
     About SkillSoft
     With more than 1.5 million user seats, SkillSoft is one of the
 largest providers of e-Learning solutions for Global 2000 companies.
 SkillSoft courses cover a broad variety of critical professional and
 business skills; courses and support services are specifically
 designed to reap the benefits offered by the Internet and Web-based
 customer environments. This design enables SkillSoft users to access
 needed learning resources, with the required specificity or breadth --
 any time and from any location with access to the Internet.
     Customers receive comprehensive learning and performance support
 solutions for their workforce through the SkillSoft library, comprised
 of more than 600 courses for global business markets.  More than 440
 courses are in English and more than 200 are specifically localized
 for the Italian, U.K., and other international markets.  The library
 also includes more than 7,500 learning objects and 1,700 job aids. The
 SkillSoft library encompasses a wide array of business skills, such as
 management, leadership, communication, project management and customer
 service, as well as business subjects such as e-commerce, finance,
 marketing, sales, and strategy.
     SkillSoft complements its course library with SkillPort, an
 e-Learning management platform that offers rapid implementation at a
 cost-efficient price point. SkillPort gives users control over their
 own learning environments and offers tracking and reporting
 capabilities. SkillSoft also recently introduced SkillSimulations,
 Web-based simulations designed to reinforce skills newly acquired
 through SkillSoft courses.  Additional information about SkillSoft is
 available by calling (603) 324-3000 or visiting www.skillsoft.com.
 
 
     SkillSoft, SkillPort, RolePlay, Search-and-Learn, and
 SkillSimulation are trademarks of SkillSoft Corp.  All brand names,
 trademarks, or registered trademarks are the property of their
 respective holders.
 
     This release may include information that could constitute
 forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision
 of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such
 forward-looking statements may involve risk and uncertainties that
 could cause actual results to differ materially from any future
 results encompassed within the forward-looking statements. Factors
 that could cause or contribute to such differences include competitive
 pressures, changes in customer demands or industry standards, adverse
 economic conditions, loss of key personnel, litigation and other
 matters disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's
 most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking financial information
 provided by the Company in this press release represents the Company's
 estimates as of the date of this press release. We anticipate that
 subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's estimates
 to change. However, while the Company may elect to update this
 forward-looking financial information at some point in the future, the
 Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. This forward-
 looking information should not be relied upon as representing the
 Company's estimates of its future financial performance as of any date
 subsequent to the date of this release.
 
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