A chance meeting with TAFE Queensland at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GC2018) set Barbara Martin on path of having a lifetime of learning recognised with a formal qualification.
"I was working behind the scenes at the Coomera Sports Centre in the venue communication centre when I was approached by TAFE Queensland to look at formalising my skills and knowledge through RPL," said Barbara.
"I have experience from announcing at zone and state athletic carnivals to being an official at events over the years. Also, I have been involved in the local RSL Club for 15 years, four of those as President. I was able to receive formal recognition of the expertise and skills I developed," she continued.
TAFE Queensland's GC2018 Legacy Project is designed to provide volunteers with a unique opportunity to upskill, reskill or earn a qualification that will boost their careers.
"After the Games I found myself completing the RPL paperwork and each Tuesday I would travel to the Toowoomba campus from Gatton to complete the remaining units," said Barbara.
Having not finished high school Barbara is proud of herself for completing the Diploma of Event Management (SIT50316).
"TAFE helped me gain confidence within myself, reinforced my skills, and were patient with me as I was lacking in computer skills," she said.
Barbara's advice to anyone thinking of enrolling and applying for RPL is 'just do it'.
"It's very self-satisfying. It's something I thought I wouldn't have enough confidence to do, but I proved myself wrong," said Barbara.
The Legacy Project is funded by the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. It allows selected volunteers to use their Games training to apply for RPL and gain credit towards further study at TAFE Queensland in courses including business, leadership and management, project management, event management and hospitality.