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SkillSoft Announces Perspectives 2006 Conference Award Winners

ADP, Xerox, CSC and IGEL Steering Committee Recognized for Implementing Innovative Enterprise-wide Learning Solutions

Miami, FL. — May 3, 2006 — SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of comprehensive e-learning content and technology products for business and IT professionals within global enterprises, today announced the winners of its Perspectives 2006 Industry Awards during its annual Perspectives 2006 Conference, in South Beach, Fla. The annual conference brings together industry leading professionals and thought leaders to discuss trends within the learning industry and innovative approaches to implementing successful learning programs. “Connected learning,” a way for organizations to align business strategies with the individual needs of learners within the organization, was the focus of this year’s conference.

Each year, SkillSoft honors companies for their work and innovation in e-learning in five award categories. The Perspectives 2006 Industry Award Winners, and respective categories, are:

  • Industry Achievement — Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) — ADP is being recognized as an organization that has maintained a long-standing leadership role in the field of training and has created a knowledge infrastructure that is dynamic and adapts to the changing needs of the organization. ADP’s Global Learning & Performance (GL&P) organization provides learning and performance processes, programs, tools, and systems that optimize individual, team and organizational effectiveness in support of ADP’s strategic initiatives across the enterprise. LearningEDGE and Success Factors are key components of GL&P’s learning program.
  • e-Learning Innovation — Xerox Worldwide Learning Services (WLS) — Xerox’s WLS integrates an enterprise virtual learning environment, addressing the need to simplify, globalize, personalize and increase utilization of its formal and informal learning assets. Migration to an industry standards-based, globally deployed web-services architecture is a major focus for WLS, which provides developers with repositories of reusable content objects to streamline custom development. WLS offers Xerox a new supply chain for workforce readiness.
  • Program of the Year — IG E-Learning Steering Committee for the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE) — Inspector General E-Learning (IGEL) is the first government-wide e-government learning initiative with structured learning programs. Learning programs were developed for key occupations within the community and identify specific courses in the areas of leadership, management, team skills, and occupational mastery. IGEL, a voluntary program, has been utilized for more than 13,000 hours of total training time within only seven months of deployment. The highly successful program was implemented by the IGEL Steering Committee under the direction of Mr. John Mullins.
  • Learning Leader of the Year — Tony Rutigliano, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, ADP for the ADP LearningEDGE Program — Rutigliano spearheads ADP’s ambitious implementation scheme to integrate content and search capabilities, and ADP’s efforts to deploy competency management through a rapid development process. His initiatives have transformed ADP’s learning department into a leading-edge learning center.
  • Instant Learning Award — Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) — Computer Sciences Corporation transitioned the traditional corporate learning program of instructor-led classroom training to on-demand performance support tools, readily available at employee work stations. Employee use of the learning management system has increased 247 percent, exceeding organizational goals of providing in-place programs for skills and interpersonal/career development.

“Each winner truly showcases integrated learning solutions that provide maximum benefit to the entire enterprise, by cultivating a more knowledgeable personnel base capable of providing optimum service to customers and clients,” said President and CEO Chuck Moran, for SkillSoft. “By implementing the right mix of innovative tools and learning techniques, these organizations have facilitated best-in-class learning environments that not only assist in the career development of the workforce, but identify focus areas for training to better align learning with the strategic needs of the company as well.”

SkillSoft hosts the annual awards program in an effort to recognize organizations and individuals that have made significant contributions within the e-learning industry. For more information about the Perspectives conference and awards program, please visit www.skillsoft.com.

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.

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Donna Keenan

Ed Hadley

SkillSoft

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603.821.3211

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Donna_Keenan@SkillSoft.com

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