Skillsoft acquired Books 24x7 in 2001. In 2002, Skillsoft merged with IT courseware company SmartForce, with the combined company retaining the Skillsoft name. The company acquired NETg from Thomson Corporation in 2007.
In May 2010, the company was bought out for US$1.2 billion by SSI Investments III Limited, a firm funded by Berkshire Partners, Advent International and Bain Capital. Skillsoft acquired Element K from NIIT in October 2011, and MindLeaders from ThirdForce Group in September 2012.
Skillsoft was sold by Berkshire Partners to Charterhouse Capital Partners on April 28, 2014. Later that year, Skillsoft acquired SumTotal Systems in September 2014. In May 2015, Skillsoft acquired Vodeclic SAS.
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