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Resident workers (Local) - Qualifications

50.5% of the local labour force in Penrith City have qualifications, compared to 63.1% for Greater Sydney.

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 Penrith City'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 Penrith City'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
Penrith City 20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater Sydney%Number%Greater Sydney%2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree12,16713.933.29,73611.728.4+2,431
Advanced Diploma or Diploma7,7658.911.26,3517.610.4+1,414
Certificate IV Level3,5654.12.82,2692.72.1+1,296
Certificate III Level17,36219.912.816,10519.313.3+1,257
Certificate I and II Level1,4721.71.21,3811.71.2+91
Certificate Level, nfd1,7602.01.91,9232.32.4-163
No qualification39,09744.832.440,74348.836.3-1,646
Inadequately described or not stated4,0374.64.44,9555.95.9-918

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, Greater Sydney: 33.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Sydney: 11.2% Certificate IV Level, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Certificate III Level, Greater Sydney: 12.8% Certificate I and II Level, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Certificate Level, nfd, Greater Sydney: 1.9% No qualification, Greater Sydney: 32.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Greater Sydney: 4.4% Bachelor or Higher degree, Penrith City: 13.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Penrith City: 8.9% Certificate IV Level, Penrith City: 4.1% Certificate III Level, Penrith City: 19.9% Certificate I and II Level, Penrith City: 1.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Penrith City: 2.0% No qualification, Penrith City: 44.8% Inadequately described or not stated, Penrith City: 4.6%
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, Penrith City: +2,431 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Penrith City: +1,414 Certificate IV Level, Penrith City: +1,296 Certificate III Level, Penrith City: +1,257 Certificate I and II Level, Penrith City: +91 Certificate Level, nfd, Penrith City: -163 No qualification, Penrith City: -1,646 Inadequately described or not stated, Penrith City: -918
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 Penrith City in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 50.5% of the local labour force held educational qualifications, and 44.8% had no qualifications, compared with 63.1% and 32.4% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between qualifications held by the local labour force of Penrith City and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force with No qualifications (44.8% compared to 32.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force with Certificate III Levels (19.9% compared to 12.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with Bachelor or Higher degrees (13.9% compared to 33.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.9% compared to 11.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the local labour force in Penrith City between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+2,431 local labour force )
  • No qualifications (-1,646 local labour force )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,414 local labour force )
  • Certificate IV Levels (+1,296 local labour force )

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