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Resident workers (Local) - Qualifications

59.5% of the local labour force in the Armidale Regional Council have qualifications, compared to 60.7% for New South Wales.

Education is an essential means of building the knowledge and skill levels of the labour force, which is a key factor in achieving future economic and social development.

The level of educational attainment for the Armidale Regional Council's local labour force relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the local labour force;
  • The professional or social ambitions of people to obtain qualifications (that is, to seek education and retraining);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling, and;
  • The knowledge and skill requirements of the local industries.

Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Income, Occupation and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of Armidale Regional Council's local resident workers.

When comparing the Qualifications of local resident worker with local workers, Qualifications statistics indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by usual residence

Local resident workers qualifications
Armidale Regional Council 20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree3,34027.427.92,87524.923.9+465
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,0408.510.59748.49.6+66
Certificate IV Level4253.53.33222.82.4+103
Certificate III Level1,95816.115.61,66614.415.6+292
Certificate I and II Level2171.81.42352.01.4-18
Certificate Level, nfd2782.32.02452.12.4+33
No qualification4,43536.434.84,58839.738.8-153
Inadequately described or not stated5064.14.56415.65.9-135

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local resident workers qualifications, 2011
Local resident workers qualifications, 2011 Bachelor or Higher degree, New South Wales: 27.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales: 10.5% Certificate IV Level, New South Wales: 3.3% Certificate III Level, New South Wales: 15.6% Certificate I and II Level, New South Wales: 1.4% Certificate Level, nfd, New South Wales: 2.0% No qualification, New South Wales: 34.8% Inadequately described or not stated, New South Wales: 4.5% Bachelor or Higher degree, Armidale Regional Council: 27.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Armidale Regional Council: 8.5% Certificate IV Level, Armidale Regional Council: 3.5% Certificate III Level, Armidale Regional Council: 16.1% Certificate I and II Level, Armidale Regional Council: 1.8% Certificate Level, nfd, Armidale Regional Council: 2.3% No qualification, Armidale Regional Council: 36.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Armidale Regional Council: 4.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local resident workers qualifications, 2006 to 2011
Change in local resident workers qualifications, 2006 to 2011 Bachelor or Higher degree, Armidale Regional Council: +465 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Armidale Regional Council: +66 Certificate IV Level, Armidale Regional Council: +103 Certificate III Level, Armidale Regional Council: +292 Certificate I and II Level, Armidale Regional Council: -18 Certificate Level, nfd, Armidale Regional Council: +33 No qualification, Armidale Regional Council: -153 Inadequately described or not stated, Armidale Regional Council: -135
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the local labour force in the Armidale Regional Council in 2011 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 59.5% of the local labour force held educational qualifications, and 36.4% had no qualifications, compared with 60.7% and 34.8% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between qualifications held by the local labour force of the Armidale Regional Council and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force with No qualifications (36.4% compared to 34.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.5% compared to 10.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the local labour force in the Armidale Regional Council between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+465 local labour force )
  • Certificate III Levels (+292 local labour force )
  • No qualifications (-153 local labour force )
  • Certificate IV Levels (+103 local labour force )

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