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SkillSoft Sponsors Seminar Series on Continuous Learning and Its Impact on Corporate America

Free Seminars in 40+ U.S. and Canadian Cities Cite Results From ASTD, U.S. Labor Bureau, and Other Studies on Workforce Trends and Projections

NASHUA, N.H., March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SkillSoft Corp. (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of e-learning courseware and ReferenceWare for business and IT professionals, today announced a seminar program on continuous learning and its impact on business, to be delivered in 41 major cities throughout the United States and Canada from April through June. The seminars, titled "Continuous Learning in Challenging Times," are designed for human resource executives and training managers seeking to learn more about the global business, demographic, and social trends shaping employee development initiatives. The seminars will also be delivered in London and other cities in the United Kingdom in June.

The free seminars will offer attendees discussion on the role of structured and non-structured learning, the link between career development and training to employee satisfaction, and the role of e-learning and the Internet in today's learning and performance management processes. The seminar will cover findings from a variety of studies and surveys, such as the 2001 study "A Vision of e-Learning for the America's Workforce," developed through the collaboration of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and the National Governors Association.

The seminar will also discuss the correlation between attracting and retaining workers and corporate learning programs. Ongoing learning programs and career development opportunities were among the attributes most highly valued by employees - typically outranking pay - in separate surveys conducted by Robert Half, the ASTD, and the Conference Board. In the recently published "2002 State of the Industry Report," the ASTD found that companies continue to increase their investments in employee training, with increasing investments in e-learning as part of corporate training initiatives.

"About 70% of Fortune 500 companies view the lack of trained employees as their biggest barrier to sustained growth," said Chuck Moran, president and CEO of SkillSoft. "And in times such as these, when there's increased demand for maximum productivity from every employee, the need for highly skilled employees is critical."

  • Seminar Schedule

On-site registration for the free seminars is from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. The interactive program, which begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m., includes group collaboration on key seminar points and questions. To make reservations and get details on specific seminar locations, call 87-SkillSoft (877-545-5763), extension 4283, or go to

  • Scheduled seminars include:
Seattle April 2 Wichita May 22
Portland April 3 Omaha May 23
Westchester Cnty, NY April 16 Salt Lake City June 3
New York City April 17 San Diego June 4
Hartford April 18 Richmond June 5
Vancouver April 23 Orange Cnty, CA June 5
Victoria April 24 Charlotte June 6
St. Louis April 24 Los Angeles June 6
Calgary April 25 Denver June 7
Edmonton April 26 Atlanta June 11
Boston May 7 Philadelphia June 11
Chicago May 7 Fort Lauderdale June 12
Milwaukee May 8 Newark June 12
Cincinnati May 9 Washington D.C. June 13
Minneapolis May 9 Tampa June 13
Cleveland May 10 Memphis June 14
Austin May 14 Baltimore June 14
Phoenix May 14 Little Rock June 25
Dallas May 15 Birmingham June 26
Houston May 16 New Orleans June 27
Kansas City May 21    


The seminar will also be presented in London and other cities in the United Kingdom from June 17 through 21. All seminar cities and dates are subject to change.

About SkillSoft

With more than 500 corporate customers and two million user seats, SkillSoft is a leading provider of comprehensive, integrated e-learning solutions for Global 2000 companies and government organizations. Customers receive comprehensive learning and performance support solutions for their workforce through SkillSoft's business skills library, comprised of more than 1,200 courses and simulations for global business markets, of which more than 600 are in U.S. English. The library, which includes more than 3,000 hours of interactive instruction, 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. The library also includes more than 12,000 learning objects, 2,500 job aids, 3,000 SkillBriefs.

SkillSoft complements SkillSoft courses with SkillSimulations, Web-based simulations designed to reinforce skills newly acquired through specific courses. SkillSoft courses can be managed and tracked through SkillPort, an e-learning management platform that offers rapid implementation at a cost- efficient price point, or through third-party learning management systems.

SkillSoft's subsidiary, Books 24x7, offers subscription clients detailed online searches to more than 1,900 unabridged IT and business titles and 300,000 knowledge objects. Books24x7's patent-pending technology platform gives users the ability to perform multi-tier searches of the company' s ReferenceWare: ITPro, BusinessPro and OfficeEssentials. The Books 24x7 Referencware libraries include offerings from more than 65 publishers, including AMACOM, ASTD, Harvard Business School Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Sybex and Wiley.

Additional information about SkillSoft is available by calling (603)324-3000.

SkillSoft, SkillPort, RolePlay, Search-and-Learn, e-Learning for the Knowledge Economy, NetUniversity, and Accelerated Path are trademarks and/or servicemarks of SkillSoft Corporation. Books24x7.com and ReferenceWare are servicemarks of Books247x.com, Inc. All brand names, trademarks, or registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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CONTACT: Linda Galloway of Apollo Associates, +1-203-790-1591, or lgalloway@apolloassociates.com; or Dennis Brown, Director, Corporate Communications of SkillSoft, +1-603-324-3000, or dbrown@skillsoft.com