Click2learn Expands Global Reach As Founding Member Of Scottish E-Learning Alliance
BELLEVUE, Wash.–June 21, 2002–
Alliance of 50 learning organizations joins to develop e-learning opportunities in Scotland
Following recognition by Scotland’s Minister for Enterprise that work-based training is key to a competitive business advantage, Click2learn today (Nasdaq:CKLS) announced that it has become one of the founding members of the newly launched Scottish e-Learning Alliance.
The Alliance, a group of 50 organizations involved in either developing or using online or computer-based training technologies, has been set up with the assistance of Scottish Enterprise to help the industry gain a share of what is expected to become a multi-billion dollar global market by 2005.
Speaking at the launch, Iain Gray, Scotland’s Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning said, “The Executive has done much in recent years in building towards the creation of a smart, successful Scotland. Our clear strategy is that we have to invest in our own science and skills. Taking advantage of the many benefits that e-learning offers is an important part of this. If we can give our workforce access to the very latest in work based training then we can give them the type of competitive advantage that will allow our companies to thrive in the global economy.” He continued, “The Scottish companies developing e-learning packages have a real opportunity, through the new e-Learning Alliance, to tap into a huge global market. It is an opportunity which, I am sure, will be grasped by those involved.”
Click2learn is a provider of enterprise learning software for Global 2000 organizations seeking to capture, manage and disseminate knowledge throughout their extended enterprises. The Scottish market is a key area for learning solutions and therefore strategic to Click2learn.
Stephen Bennett, Click2learn’s VP Europe, commented, “Our markets in the UK are spread across many sectors both vertical and geographic. Scotland is a key territory for future growth and therefore being a founder member of the Scottish e-Learning Alliance is vitally important. We totally support the mission of the Alliance and look forward to being an active member.”
About the Scottish e-Learning Alliance
The e-Learning Alliance is a membership-based organization that seeks to promote e-learning in Scotland and beyond. It is a company limited by guarantee, and a not-for-profit organization. Its memorandum of association states its goal:
To promote, enhance, assist, facilitate and encourage by whatever means, the highest quality support for skills development in Scotland through the use of e-learning products and services.
Click2learn (NASDAQ: CLKS) is a provider of enterprise software for Global 2000 organizations seeking to capture, manage and disseminate knowledge throughout their extended enterprise. Using Click2learn’s Aspen Enterprise Learning Platform, organizations can deploy highly interactive, personalized learning initiatives to achieve strategic business objectives. Many of the world’s best-known corporations use Click2learn’s technology to improve workforce performance, educate customers, and publish large volumes of learning content. Click2learn’s clients include Accenture, Albertsons, American Airlines, AstraZeneca, Century 21, Fujitsu, Microsoft, Pfizer, Symantec, and Towers Perrin. Based in Bellevue, Wash., Click2learn (www.click2learn.com, 800.448.6543) operates offices in the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan.
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