SmartForce Signs Multi-Million Dollar Contract with TELUS Corporation
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—August 19, 2002–SmartForce (Nasdaq: SMTF), the world’s largest and most experienced e-Learning company, today announced a three-year, $4.1 million, agreement to provide e-Learning to 5,000 information technology professionals of TELUS, one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies.
Providing wireless and data/IP services to Canadians at home, at work and on the move, TELUS selected SmartForce to keep its employees current on evolving technologies and to increase the number of technical certifications attained by employees. TELUS continues to make investments in its internal capabilities operating under the philosophy that it is the 28,000 members of the TELUS team that forms the company’s major competitive advantage. The learning solution will consistently deliver the knowledge to enhance the skills of the company’s information technologists, which will serve a critical need in an industry driven by increasingly sophisticated technology.
From the MySmartForce learning platform, employees will access award-winning instructional content specific to furthering the company’s growth in data and IP services. Furthermore, employees will experience the added benefits of advanced simulations, assessments, online seminars and workshops and real-time mentoring with subject-matter experts, all of which are targeted to drive gains in workforce productivity.
“This agreement with SmartForce ensures that we can continue to provide world class e-Learning that is strategic to the business and meets our critical needs,” says Josh Blair, VP Learning Services.
“SmartForce delivers learning solutions that help companies across various industries drive business transformation and strategy,” said Greg Priest, chairman and CEO of SmartForce. “SmartForce e-Learning will support TELUS as it adapts to market changes and makes significant advances in its productivity through a more knowledgeable workforce.”
TELUS Corporation (TSE: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies providing a full range of telecommunications products and services that connect Canadians to the world. The Company is the leading service provider in Western Canada and provides data, Internet, voice and wireless services to Central and Eastern Canada.