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SkillSoft Awarded New Contract with GAO for Comprehensive e-Learning Resources and Platform

NASHUA, N.H., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of content resources and complementary technologies for integrated enterprise learning, today announced that the (U.S.) Government Accountability Office (GAO) has awarded a new year contract to SkillSoft to provide e-learning content and learning management technology. This new competitively-awarded contract expands upon the agency's previous contractual relationship to license SkillSoft's online learning resources and SkillPort(R), SkillSoft's learning management system. The new contract gives GAO employees access to SkillSoft's business and IT courseware collections and simulations, as well as mentoring and test preparation services; SkillSoft's legal compliance course collection; and the Books24x7BusinessPro(TM), ITPro(TM), OfficeEssentials(TM) and GovEssentials(TM) Referenceware(R) collections.

The GAO workforce is comprised of approximately 3,200 highly diverse professionals including economists, social scientists, engineers, attorneys, actuaries and computer experts, as well as specialists in areas from health care to homeland security. Approximately 75 percent of GAO staffers work in Washington, with the remainder at satellite offices in 11 other U.S. cities. GAO has been a SkillSoft client since 2003.

"Our mission is to become a model federal agency and a world-class professional services organization in order to support the U.S. Congress," said Carol Willett, the GAO's chief learning officer. "These learning resources will be used for ongoing skills development and for completing GAO continuing education requirements and professional certification requirements, such as training required by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy to maintain CPA certification."

"GAO has done an outstanding job in building a learner-centric environment to support the agency's critical performance goals," said Kevin Duffer, vice president of SkillSoft's public sector and channel markets.

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft is a leading provider of comprehensive e-learning content and technology products for business and IT professionals within global enterprises. SkillSoft's multi-modal learning solutions support and enhance the speed and effectiveness of both formal and informal learning processes and integrate SkillSoft's in-depth content resources, learning management system, virtual classroom technology and support services.

Content offerings include SkillSoft's business, IT, desktop and compliance courseware collections and BusinessPro(TM), ITPro(TM), OfficeEssentials(TM), FinancePro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM), GovEssentials(TM), ExecSummaries(TM) and ExecBlueprints(TM) collections from Books24x7(R). SkillSoft's complementary technologies include SkillPort(R), the company's learning management system with its powerful Search-and-Learn(TM) technology and premium add-on modules, and SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) virtual classroom, a tool that allows customers to create and deliver effective blended learning programs using custom content and off-the-shelf learning resources. For more information, visit http://www.skillsoft.com.

SkillSoft, the SkillSoft logo, Ahead of the Learning Curve, SkillPort, Search-and-Learn, SkillChoice, Books24x7, Referenceware, ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, GovEssentials, EngineeringPro, FinancePro, ExecSummaries, ExecBlueprints, Express Guide and Dialogue are trademarks or registered trademarks of SkillSoft PLC in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact:
Linda Galloway
Apollo Associates
203 790 1591
lgalloway@apolloassociates.com