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Central Coast Council area

Resident workers (Local) - Qualifications

56.3% of the local labour force in the Central Coast Council area 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 Central Coast Council area'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 Central Coast Council area'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
Central Coast Council area 20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree21,50816.427.917,05114.123.9+4,457
Advanced Diploma or Diploma13,34410.210.511,2629.39.6+2,082
Certificate IV Level5,7514.43.33,7423.12.4+2,009
Certificate III Level27,70921.215.624,67520.415.6+3,034
Certificate I and II Level2,2781.71.41,9941.71.4+284
Certificate Level, nfd3,1322.42.03,1992.72.4-67
No qualification50,93638.934.851,32442.538.8-388
Inadequately described or not stated6,3404.84.57,4666.25.9-1,126

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, Central Coast Council area: 16.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: 10.2% Certificate IV Level, Central Coast Council area: 4.4% Certificate III Level, Central Coast Council area: 21.2% Certificate I and II Level, Central Coast Council area: 1.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Central Coast Council area: 2.4% No qualification, Central Coast Council area: 38.9% Inadequately described or not stated, Central Coast Council area: 4.8%
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, Central Coast Council area: +4,457 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: +2,082 Certificate IV Level, Central Coast Council area: +2,009 Certificate III Level, Central Coast Council area: +3,034 Certificate I and II Level, Central Coast Council area: +284 Certificate Level, nfd, Central Coast Council area: -67 No qualification, Central Coast Council area: -388 Inadequately described or not stated, Central Coast Council area: -1,126
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 Central Coast Council area 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, 56.3% of the local labour force held educational qualifications, and 38.9% 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 Central Coast Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force with Certificate III Levels (21.2% compared to 15.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force with No qualifications (38.9% compared to 34.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force with Certificate IV Levels (4.4% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with Bachelor or Higher degrees (16.4% compared to 27.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the local labour force in the Central Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+4,457 local labour force )
  • Certificate III Levels (+3,034 local labour force )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+2,082 local labour force )
  • Certificate IV Levels (+2,009 local labour force )

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