Small Classes, Big Ideas

In 2001, Skills for Change launched TechSkills – which now provides over 30 affordable fee-based instructor-led technical training courses to help equip individuals with the skills they need to effectively to do their work and upgrade their skills for the competitive job market. TechSkills courses are open to everyone and are an excellent way to build your knowledge of the software that is relevant to the workplace today.

Techskills provides the latest software applications in such areas as: Accounting, Microsoft Office Suite, Software Testing and Quality Assurance, SAP, Engineering, Project Management, as well as French as a Second Language, Income Tax Preparation, Business Writing, and Canadian Securities.

With years of real-world expertise, TechSkills instructors deliver intensive training in a fun setting, teaching everything from basic web site development to more advanced accounting and database design.

Project Management Courses

With a Master of Science in Project Management degree from Boston University, a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute, Prince2 certification, and several other IT and project management certifications, Techskills Project Management specialist Deon Robinson has also been managing complex IT infrastructure and software development projects for Fortune 500 companies for more than a decade. And Robinson brings that practical experience into the classroom, placing special emphasis on project lifecycle, risk management, coordinating the delivery of products by individuals and teams, quality, and key stakeholder management.

“I know there is a tremendous need for more advanced training in project management beyond getting ready to pass an exam,” says Robinson. In the real world, usually there isn't a "retest" when a project fails and millions of dollars are lost.”

Regarding teaching, he says, “One thing that I believe is essential for knowledge transfer that I possess is a passion for helping others learn, ready to apply the new knowledge successfully.”

This passion for teaching ignites a passion for learning among his students. Their comments include, “It was a time well spent. Deon is knowledgeable in this area and taught so well.” “The instruction is effective and the instructor is very much willing to explain.” And “I already have recommend this course to some of my friends.”

Skills for Changes’ TechSkills classes are small in size, so students have more hands-on interaction with the instructors.

Deon Robinson is currently teaching two courses that are filling up fast:

Microsoft Project 2010

This course teaches you to use Microsoft Project - a management tool that can help you plan a project, schedule activities, manage resources and generate reports. Course content includes a review of project management basics, an orientation to Microsoft Project (installation, set up, menu and views), creating a project, setting up calendars, resolving scheduling and resources conflicts, costs and estimates, tracking and updating project status, and reporting.

Principles of Project Management - PMP Exam Preparation

This course is ideal for professionals who want to formalize their experiences and skills set according the PMI project management methodology or are preparing for the Project Management Institute’s PMP® exam.

Deon Robinson is also the author of the popular handbook: “So You Got An iPad. Now What?”, available on iTunes, and his new title “Harvesting Benefits: The Stakeholders Guide to Successful Project Delivery” will be released soon. Visit his website

To sign up for these courses, go to http://techskills.eventbrite.com/. To get more information and find out what else TechSkills is offering, go to http://www.skillsforchange.org/techskills, call 416-658-3101 ext. 216, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .