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SkillSoft and Docent Host Free Webinar on the Use of e-Learning to Meet Environmental, Health, and Safety Compliance Standards

Invensys Director of e-Learning Will Discuss Use of Off-the-Shelf Courseware and LMS Tracking to Boost Employee Learning and Compliance

Nashua, NH – December 1, 2003 – SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of e-learning courseware and referenceware for business and IT professionals, today announced a free webinar on the use of e-learning and learning management to meet environment, health, and safety issues and compliance standards on Wednesday, December 3, from noon to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The webinar, which is co-sponsored by Docent (Nasdaq: DCNT), a leading provider of integrated software solutions proven to directly drive business performance through learning, will discuss in detail how e-learning solutions can meet the compliance requirements of government agencies related to environmental, health, and safety issues. The webinar will cover all potential elements of a comprehensive and integrated learning solution, including off-the-shelf courseware, provided by GoTrain, a subsidiary of SkillSoft focused on EH&S training, and a robust learning tracking, management, reporting, and analysis platform provided by Docent.

Michael Bleyhl, director of e-learning for Invensys, will be the webinar’s guest speaker. Bleyhl will present a case study on the Invensys’ EH&S College, one of six colleges in Invensys University. EH&S College incorporates the GoTrain courseware library, comprised of more than 90 off-the-shelf courses addressing a wide range of EH&S topics and the associated regulatory and compliance requirements. Several of the courses have been adapted for a worldwide audience and specific Invensys requirements. All learning activities in Invensys University are tracked, managed, and reported using Docent Enterprise™, a comprehensive learning and performance management platform.

The Invensys EH&S College, which began rollout on November 1, 2003, will be available to all Invensys personnel worldwide by the end of 2003. Hazard communication, lockout/tagout, personal protective equipment, office and computer ergonomics, and workplace stress are among the topic areas promoted in the initial college rollout. The Invensys EH&S learning solution is a direct result of an interoperability partnership between SkillSoft and Docent to ensure seamless integration of GoTrain courseware and Docent Enterprise.

“The meeting of regulatory and internal requirements for EHS training seems to get more difficult each year,” said Bleyhl. “Budgetary constraints and our movement towards a more field service orientation have made training through traditional classroom settings less effective. By using the GoTrain-Docent solution, we are able to deliver quality EHS content to a global population of employees when it is most convenient for them and their businesses. In addition, we are confident that we are sending the same message about safety to all employees, therefore ensuring the building of common EHS culture here at Invensys.”

"Companies today must safeguard not only their own employees, but also visitors, contract employees, customers, and people in the surrounding community,” said Norm Ford, GoTrain’s director of compliance solutions and host of the webinar. “In this caretaker role, companies must develop programs that focus on the prevention of injuries and illness and the promotion of safe and healthful work practices and attitudes. Additionally, they must meet the ever-changing requirements of government agencies such as OSHA, EPA, and DOT.”

Webinar Registration
The webinar is targeted to health and safety officers and management, training managers and professionals, compliance managers, and business unit executives responsible for health and safety in the workplace. To register for the free webinar, scheduled from noon to 1:00 p.m. EST, go to http://www.interwise.com/live/enroll.asp?id=1271. For those not able to attend the webinar at the scheduled time, the recorded event can be downloaded later from the same URL. For further information, contact Karen Ambrose Hickey at 650.930.4827 or email kahickey@docent.com

About Invensys
Invensys PLC is a global leader in the management of production and energy resources. The group helps customers improve performance and profitability through expertise and technology using innovative services and technologies and a deep understanding of their industries and applications. Invensys operates three business divisions: Production Management , Energy Management, and Development (rail systems, wind power, and power components). Invensys operates in more than 60 countries, with its headquarters in London. For more information, visit www.invensys.com.

About Docent
Docent, Inc., (Nasdaq:DCNT) is a leading provider of integrated software solutions proven to directly drive business performance through learning. Docent solutions for sales performance, product launch, channel effectiveness, customer education, compliance, ERP/CRM system implementations, and other business priorities are enabled by the industry's most comprehensive suite of business performance management applications, industry-specific content, and world-class services. Solutions are tailored to address the unique requirements of vertical markets, including government, life sciences, energy, high tech, telecommunications, financial services, retail and manufacturing.

Docent delivers compelling and measurable ROI to blue chip customers such as Cingular Wireless, Harley-Davidson, Wachovia Corporation, Lucent Technologies, Kelly Services, Eaton Corporation, D&B, Halliburton, Rockwell Collins, and Bechtel Group, Inc. Docent partners with the world's most prominent systems integrators and business process outsourcing providers, including Accenture, Exult, IBM Human Capital Solutions, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Deloitte Consulting. Docent is distinguished as a leader by Gartner in the 2003 e-Learning Suites and LMS Magic Quadrants, and by the META Group in the 2003 METAspectrum report on learning management system vendors. Docent is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with other offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit www.docent.com.

About SkillSoft
SkillSoft is a leading global provider of comprehensive e-learning content and software products for business and IT professionals. Multi-modal learning (MML) solutions support and enhance the speed and effectiveness of both formal and informal learning processes and integrate SkillSoft's in-depth courseware, learning management platform technology and support services.

SkillSoft focuses on a variety of IT, professional effectiveness and business topics that represent the critical skills required of employees in increasingly dynamic and complex work environments. SkillSoft partners with other technology leaders to develop sound, standardized content that delivers rich, comprehensive learning and performance support experiences.

Content offerings include SkillSoft’s Business Skills Library and IT Skills and Certification Library; Books24x7’s ITPro, BusinessPro, and FinancePro Referenceware; and GoTrain’s health and safety compliance courseware.

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