General Motors Incorporates SkillSoft Business Skills Training Into General Motors University

April 17, 2002

SkillSoft Corp. (NASDAQ: SKIL), a leading provider

of e-Learning courseware and referenceware for business and IT professionals,

today announced that General Motors recently launched a new e-Learning library

comprised of SkillSoft business skills courseware and available to approximately

50,000 employees throughout North America. The e-Learning initiative gives employees

access to more than 260 courses in U.S. English, Canadian French, and Latin

American Spanish.

The SkillSoft courses cover a wide range of topics such as project management,

decision-making and team leadership. Employees access the courses through General

Motors University (GMU), a global network of education and training resources

designed for GM’s executive, management, technical and professional employees.

One of the largest corporate universities for salaried employees, GM University

has 16 functional colleges focused on the professional needs and business challenges

in areas such as communications, engineering, finance, legal, and service and


GMU offers approximately 1,500 courses worldwide through classroom delivery,

learning laboratories, satellite distance learning, and electronic and web-based

applications. SkillSoft courseware is the largest off-the-shelf library currently

available through GMU for foundation business skills training and development.

"We believe employee development is directly tied to competitive advantage,"

said Donnee Ramelli, president of General Motors University. "Over the

last two years, we have been adding e-Learning to complement traditional types

of training, such as classes and seminars. The new SkillSoft courseware will

be used in a variety of ways – as prerequisite courses; for addressing identified

skills gaps; and as foundation courses for those employees seeking to broaden

skills for their professional development or new job requirements."

"We are very pleased to be chosen as one of GM’s primary e-Learning partners,"

said Chuck Moran, president and CEO of SkillSoft. "GM’s commitment to global

learning and continual employee development represents a recognition of the

connection between training and business drivers such as increased productivity,

higher revenue per employee and talent retention."

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 24×7, 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 24×7 Referencware libraries include offerings

from more than 65 publishers, including AMACOM, ASTD, Harvard Business School

Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Sybex and Wiley.

For more information call SkillSoft at (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. and Referenceware are servicemarks of, Inc. All brand names, trademarks, or registered trademarks are

the property of their respective holders.


Linda Galloway

Apollo Associates

203 790 1591

Christine D’Angela

General Motors University

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