SkillSoft Powers US Wired Solution To Re-Skill Workers Across the Country Metrix Learning Solution Features SkillSoft Courseware


NASHUA, NH - August 24, 2009 - SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), 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, today announced that its award winning online courseware is integrated with US Wired's METRIX Learning solution. US Wired, is an organization focused on delivering learning content via its METRIX Learning platform to state and local governments throughout the US with populations in need of re-skilling including youth and unemployed adults.

The METRIX Learning solution integrates content from SkillSoft and MedCom/Trainex providing a flexible, easy-to-use tool that integrates O*Net job titles, Prove-It! Skills assessments, and local job listings. The solution provides Local Workforce Investment Boards and One Stop employment centers the ability to deploy online learning and workforce development programs and initiatives to individuals seeking training. Sponsored by the Department of Labor, One Stop Centers are located across the country and provide tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals. US Wired offers One Stop employment centers its METRIX Learning solution allowing job seekers to electronically assess their job skills analyze potential skill gaps, populate a customized learning plan, and search for potential job openings. Using a combination of e-learning technology, instructor-led training and custom development, US Wired has provided training programs to more than 50,000 adult workers throughout New York State, California, New Jersey, and Connecticut. "Whether you are unemployed looking to develop new skills or being asked to perform tasks outside your area of expertise, re-skilling is a priority across the country" said John Ambrose, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development and Emerging Business for SkillSoft. "By providing access to SkillSoft's learning assets in One Stop centers, state governments are giving people the technology based training they need to fill in skill gaps and reenter the workforce."

The METRIX Learning solution includes job listings from the federal government, ONET. This listing of 1000 job categories covers every job that exists in America and the skills to perform those jobs have been mapped to over 5000 SkillSoft online courses making it easy for job seekers to identify and minimize skill gaps. "Our overarching goal at US Wired is to provide the One Stop Centers with an online learning system that is going to provide effective and measureable results for their customers seeking to improve themselves and reenter the workforce" stated Brian Lee, US Wired for Education Founder. "Because of the abundance and diversity of offerings provided by SkillSoft, we are able to use the Metrix Learning environment to deliver these courses and faithfully fulfill our objectives with the One Stop Centers and help them get people back to work with improved skills and greater long term employment possibilities."

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, and compliance courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as Leadership Development Channel™ video products, KnowledgeCenter™ portals, virtual instructor-led training services and online mentoring services. SkillSoft's Books24x7® 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® learning management system, Search & LearnĀ®, and SkillSoft® Dialogue™ 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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