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10 November 2008

Skillsoft Extends Partnership With Deloitte

SkillSoft, a leading e-learning company, announced today that professional services firm Deloitte will be featuring a range of its online learning resources from the award-winning Books24x7® through the Deloitte Leadership Academy.

The Deloitte Leadership Academy is an innovative online learning tool, featuring content from the world's top business schools, and is accessed by more than 1,600 senior Australian business executives.

With the addition of compelling assets from SkillSoft's Books24x7 collection, the Deloitte Leadership Academy will now offer ExecSummariesTM which are summaries of current leading business books; ExecBlueprintsTM which are concise strategic business guides authored by leading industry executives; and Leadership Development Channel QuickTalks which are five-minute videos featuring best-selling business authors, experts and CEOs. Books24x7 is a leading provider of online, on-demand book resources adopted by leading organisations worldwide that enables users to access trusted information how, when and where they need it.

Incorporating the engaging and current learning tools from SkillSoft will further enhance and develop the management and leadership skills of these senior executives.

As part of the extended partnership and a world first in air-travel, Deloitte Leadership Academy subscribers will be able to gain access to SkillSoft's online training resources and content via Qantas' new A380 aircraft in-flight entertainment system.

According to Tom Richardson, Managing Partner, Deloitte Leadership Academy, the opportunity to introduce SkillSoft's expertise into the Academy's unique online learning management and networking solution has further enhanced the services the Academy provides to its members.

"The Deloitte Leadership Academy will allow time-starved senior executives instant access to up-to-date business content and leadership material whether they are in the air or on the ground via their laptops or personal mobile devices," he said.

"Our agreement with SkillSoft, enables the Deloitte Leadership Academy to continue to provide a solid platform of learning resources that fit perfectly into the hectic schedules of top Australian business executives."

According to SkillSoft Sales Director, Australia and New Zealand, Maryanne Puli, SkillSoft's affiliation with Deloitte Leadership Academy will enable business leaders in Australia's private and public sector to take advantage of the online learning tool. "Our alliance with Deloitte Leadership Academy reflects our commitment to online development and training worldwide" she said.

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of on-demand e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small- to medium-sized businesses.

With its Asia Pacific headquarters in Sydney, SkillSoft enables business organisations to maximise business performance through a combination of comprehensive e-learning content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services.

About Deloitte

Deloitte is a member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (a Swiss Verein). As a Swiss Verein (association), neither Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu nor any of its member firms have any liability for each other's acts or omissions. Each of the member firms is a separate and independent legal entity operating under the names "Deloitte", "Deloitte & Touche", "Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu" or other, related names. Services are provided by member firms or their subsidiaries and affiliates and not by the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Verein.

             For further information

             Justina Phoon
             SkillSoft Asia Pacific
             Marketing Communications
             0437 438 315
             Diane Falzon
             Publicity Queen
             0430 59 66 99
             Johnny Sollitt-Davis
             Deloitte Australia
             Media & Communications
             02 9322 7256