Skillsoft Announces 2014 Innovation Award Winners

  Skillsoft Announces 2014 Innovation Award Winners

Capgemini, TELUS, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UST Global Among
            Winners Recognized for Innovation and Learning Success

2014 Global Skillsoft Perspectives

Business Wire

NASHUA, N.H. -- April 15, 2014

Skillsoft today announced the winners of its 2014 Innovation Awards at Global
Skillsoft Perspectives, its annual user conference. The winners, which include
Cablevision Systems, Capgemini, The PGA of America, TELUS, San Diego Gas &
Electric, Security Service Federal Credit Union, University of Alberta and a
major cosmetics company demonstrate how Skillsoft’s learning solutions are
enabling organizations to improve performance through a diverse set of
innovative learning programs. UST Global was recognized with the Program of
the Year award. In addition, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Leslie
Positeri,  Senior Training and Development Specialist, and Brian Molyneaux,
Elearning Information Technology Lead, have been recognized as Learning
Champions of the Year. Skillsoft is a pioneer in the field of
technology-delivered learning with a long history of innovation and delivering
solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises,
government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses.

The awards were judged by an independent panel of industry experts  including
Cushing Anderson of IDC, Todd Tauber of Bersin by Deloitte, Laci Loew of
Brandon Hall Group, Mollie Lombardi of Aberdeen Group, Joe DiDonato of
Elearning! Magazine, Catherine Upton of Elearning! Magazine, Ladan Nikravan of
Chief Learning Officer and Craig Weiss of E-Learning 24/7.

The 2014 Global Skillsoft Perspectives user conference, which was held April
8-11, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, is an annual live and interactive forum for
Skillsoft customers to gather and discuss innovations in the learning
industry. Each year, more than 1,000 attendees from a wide variety of
business, governmental and educational organizations explore ways in which
learning drives performance and delivers business value for organizations.
Skillsoft annually honors the winners for their significant achievements in
corporate learning and development, recognizing innovative ideas and inspiring
leaders who are helping to transform the learning landscape.

"This group of award-winning organizations and individuals exemplifies what it
means to make learning integral to everyday business and life,” said John
Ambrose, senior vice president, strategy, corporate development and emerging
business, Skillsoft. “We are pleased to recognize these learning leaders and
are proud to continue to work with them as they progress toward optimizing
their programs.”

The 2014 Innovation Award categories and winners are:

Effective Elearning in Small and Medium Enterprises: Security Service Federal
Credit Union  was honored for implementing learning programs that directly
impacted their business objectives. In particular, their program that supports
the development of managers and supervisors increased employee engagement,
revenue and decreased employee turnover.

Empowering Continuous Learning in the Enterprise: Cablevision
SystemsCorporationwas recognized for centralizing learning and development
for its more than 14,000 employees in varying roles. To better foster
cross-functional collaboration and ensure efficiency, the organization
leverages a blended and innovative learning approach that ensures managers
have the right content for their needs and the visibility to see how it
connects to their performance.

Outstanding Compliance and Ethics: A major cosmetics company was honored for 
their scalable learning program that easily addresses new business needs as
they arise. By preparing employees in the retail environments and the supply
chain, the company provides a safe workplace which is measurable by their
traumatic incident reduction.

Inspiring Leadership Development: Capgemini was recognized for their
large-scale learning model that reaches over 4,500 unique participants, all
while keeping learners engaged. Their leadership programs allow for flexible
self-study, while also allowing executive leaders, people/line managers, or
junior leaders to be accompanied and supported by peers and subject matter
experts through weekly live sessions.

Best IT Training: San Diego Gas & Electric  was honored for a learning program
that addresses their current and future IT needs. Upon identifying technical
skill gaps, the organization mapped the gap areas to existing training
resources, including Skillsoft learning assets such as courses, videos, books
and simulations. An Honorable Mention in this category was also awarded to
Monash University.

Enhancing Learning with Services: The PGA of America was honored for its
innovative, custom learning programs developed in partnership with Skillsoft
for its apprentices and members. As a result of the training, the PGA improved
engagement and realized a $5.14 return for every $1 spent on learning.

Impacting Learning in Higher Education and the Public Sector: University of
Alberta was recognized for their learning program that addresses their seven
core competencies for support staff as well as their flexible training options
for all employees. By offering Skillsoft assets in the form of targeted
learning programs, their employees are able to take training at their own pace
and availability.

Innovative Collaboration in Learning: TELUS was recognized for a learning
program that facilitates collaboration with their geographically dispersed
audience and fundamentally drives a cultural shift with respect to learning
and leadership. Their integrated platform for social conversations, videos,
wikis and blogs helps flatten their organization and give senior leaders a
stronger sense of what’s happening within the organization.

Learning Champion of the Year: Leslie Positeri, Senior Training and
Development Specialist and Brian Molyneaux, Elearning Information Technology
Lead, both of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, manage a best-in-class
learning program. Leslie and Brian achieved success with their learning
program, U-Learn, by aligning the program with strategic business goals and
embedding it into the workflow with innovative solutions such as Skillsoft
KnowledgeCenter Portals mapped to competencies, hybrid study groups for IT
certifications, and institutional leadership and succession planning programs.

Program of the Year: UST Global  was honored  for a learning program that
grows their organization by providing the right talent at the right time. UST
Global addresses  challenges with Skillsoft solutions across the entire
business spectrum, from leadership development to project management and
technology up skilling. As a result, employee learning hours have grown by
127%, increasing skills and improving employee engagement. An Honorable
Mention in this category was also awarded to PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

For more information on the 2014 Global Skillsoft Perspectives Innovation
Awards, please visit the awards website here.

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About Skillsoft

Skillsoft is a pioneer in the field of learning with a long history of
innovation. Skillsoft provides cloud based learning solutions for its
customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and
education to mid-sized and small businesses. Skillsoft's customer support
teams draw on a wealth of in-house experience and a comprehensive learning
e-library to develop off-the-shelf and custom learning programs tailored to
cost-effectively meet customer needs. Skillsoft's courses, books and videos
have been developed by industry leading learning experts to ensure that they
maximize business skills, performance, and talent development.

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