At the beginning of her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) studies, Alicia knew she would have to be well-organised.
Pregnant at the time of enrolling, Alicia welcomed a baby boy halfway through her training, but she wasn't prepared for what came next.
"When I had my son, I had to leave Thursday Island and go to the hospital in Cairns because I got really sick," Alicia said.
The unexpected setback resulted in Alicia missing two training blocks but, despite the challenge before her, she persevered.
"TAFE Queensland has been flexible and really supportive. The learning materials can be accessed online and my teacher kept in touch and helped me to get on top of the blocks and assessments that I missed."
"I was also able to go to some night classes which really helped with my family commitments and it gave me the opportunity for more one-on-one time with the trainer."
Alicia is no stranger to hitting the books. The 32-year-old has already obtained a Certificate IV in Business Administration (BSB40515), a Diploma of Business (BSB50215) and a qualification in management.
The Queensland Government's Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy is helping to cover the costs of Alicia's training and assessment qualification.
"When I heard that TAFE Queensland would be offering this funded course face-to-face at the Thursday Island campus, I thought it was a once in a lifetime opportunity," she said.
"If you're someone who specialises in a certain area a training and assessment certificate is a great qualification to have as you can use it to train people."
"I am a Senior Compliance officer at Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and I have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge with others."
"An important aspect of my job is providing support to the communities and government agencies in regards to non-compliance in the Torres Strait Islands and ensuring we all work in a culturally appropriate manner."
"My studies are teaching me how to structure training appropriately and how to meet individual learning needs," she continued.
"I think there's a lack of Indigenous trainers and assessors around Australia and this course opens up more opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become trainers."
"Indigenous trainers are important as they can help break down language barriers and they can teach our people in a culturally appropriate way."
TAFE Queensland training and assessment teacher, Ian Kruger said Alicia's dedication to her studies and her pursuit of higher education is admirable.
"Alicia is a very organised person and she is meticulous in her preparation and presentation, submitting work that certainly reflects her determination to do well," Ian said.
"Alicia has demonstrated the art of balancing work, life and study, and she has also shown great resilience by taking in her stride the challenges that have arisen during her course."
"Alicia has the hallmarks of a very capable trainer."
The TSRA welcomed the opportunity to support Alicia in her studies. TAFE Queensland is an important partner in the Torres Strait Islands, helping locals with their learning and development needs. Building staff capacity is a key priority of the TSRA and underpins empowering local Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people.