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SkillSoft Introduces Innovative Learning Products Designed to Help Organizations Weather Challenging Environment

Two New Packages Focus on Career Transitions and Business Performance in a Challenging Economy

NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 2, 2008--SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading SaaS provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses, today announced the release of two new learning solution packages designed to help organizations manage the challenges resulting from the current economic climate. This initiative marks the first time SkillSoft has bundled its solutions in such a highly focused manner.

"Organizations around the globe are grappling with fast-changing economic conditions and facing difficult decisions that have serious impact on the lives of employees at every level," said John Ambrose, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development & Emerging Business for SkillSoft. "Our goal is to arm organizations with learning resources to support employees who are directly affected by a related workplace event and to also help these companies function as effectively as possible in a time of restructuring and uncertainty."

At a time when companies are faced with having to make difficult staffing decisions, the Career Transitions bundle provides helpful resources for employees who are part of a layoff or workforce reduction. The package contains resources that focus on skills such as career planning, job seeking, interviewing, personal finance and stress management, resume writing, professional development and communication effectiveness.

The Business Performance in a Challenging Economy bundle is tailored to managers and executives who are leading organizations through this period of intense change and uncertainty. The package includes content on topics such as corporate strategy; financial planning and budgeting, understanding global economic markets and helping employees manage through change.

Both packages feature a sampling of targeted SkillSoft courses, books and videos that have been combined by SkillSoft's subject matter experts to best suit the needs of today's business professionals.

The Career Transitions package includes 30 interactive online courses, 50 fully digitized books and a selection from SkillSoft's Leadership Develop Channel(TM), a video-based learning portfolio providing on-demand videos featuring bestselling business authors, experts and CEOs, all of which are from SkillSoft's current library of learning assets.

The Business Performance in a Challenging Economy package includes 39 interactive online courses, 50 books and a selection of Leadership Development Channel(TM) videos. In addition, books and videos can be accessed on a PDA during travel or at off-site locations.

The Career Transitions and the Business Performance in a Challenging Economy solution packages are both available today.

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About SkillSoft

SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading SaaS provider of on-demand e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses. SkillSoft enables business organizations to maximize business performance through a combination of comprehensive e- learning content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services.

Content offerings include business, IT, desktop, compliance and consumer/SMB courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as Leadership Development Channel video products, KnowledgeCenter(TM) portals, virtual instructor-led training services and online mentoring services. SkillSoft's Books24x7(R) product offering includes access to more than 20,000 digitized IT and business books, as well as book summaries and executive reports. Technology offerings include the SkillPort(R) learning management system, Search-and-Learn(R), SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) and virtual classroom.

SkillSoft courseware content described herein is for information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. SkillSoft has no obligation or commitment to develop or deliver any future release, upgrade, feature, enhancement or function described in this press release except as specifically set forth in a written agreement.

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