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Resident workers (Local) - Qualifications

49.9% of the local labour force in the Hilltops Council area have qualifications, compared to 55.9% for Regional NSW.

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 Hilltops 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 Hilltops 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
Hilltops Council area 20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Regional NSW%Number%Regional NSW%2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree98513.117.883311.215.4+152
Advanced Diploma or Diploma6138.29.15307.18.2+83
Certificate IV Level2723.64.11942.62.9+78
Certificate III Level1,57521.020.91,43519.219.9+140
Certificate I and II Level1472.01.81231.61.8+24
Certificate Level, nfd1492.02.11652.22.4-16
No qualification3,35444.739.43,69649.543.4-342
Inadequately described or not stated4045.44.64926.66.0-88

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, Regional NSW: 17.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Regional NSW: 9.1% Certificate IV Level, Regional NSW: 4.1% Certificate III Level, Regional NSW: 20.9% Certificate I and II Level, Regional NSW: 1.8% Certificate Level, nfd, Regional NSW: 2.1% No qualification, Regional NSW: 39.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Regional NSW: 4.6% Bachelor or Higher degree, Hilltops Council area: 13.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Hilltops Council area: 8.2% Certificate IV Level, Hilltops Council area: 3.6% Certificate III Level, Hilltops Council area: 21.0% Certificate I and II Level, Hilltops Council area: 2.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Hilltops Council area: 2.0% No qualification, Hilltops Council area: 44.7% Inadequately described or not stated, Hilltops Council area: 5.4%
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, Hilltops Council area: +152 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Hilltops Council area: +83 Certificate IV Level, Hilltops Council area: +78 Certificate III Level, Hilltops Council area: +140 Certificate I and II Level, Hilltops Council area: +24 Certificate Level, nfd, Hilltops Council area: -16 No qualification, Hilltops Council area: -342 Inadequately described or not stated, Hilltops Council area: -88
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 Hilltops Council area in 2011 compared to Regional NSW 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, 49.9% of the local labour force held educational qualifications, and 44.7% had no qualifications, compared with 55.9% and 39.4% respectively for Regional NSW.

The major differences between qualifications held by the local labour force of the Hilltops Council area and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force with No qualifications (44.7% compared to 39.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with Bachelor or Higher degrees (13.1% compared to 17.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualifications (-342 local labour force )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+152 local labour force )
  • Certificate III Levels (+140 local labour force )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+83 local labour force )

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