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RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region

Resident workers (Local) - Qualifications

50.1% of the local labour force in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region have qualifications, compared to 52.9% for Regional QLD.

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 RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region'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 RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region'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
RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region 20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Regional QLD%Number%Regional QLD%2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree12,98013.016.410,14610.913.8+2,834
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8,0018.08.96,1306.67.6+1,871
Certificate IV Level3,5293.53.22,2752.42.1+1,254
Certificate III Level21,50021.521.018,48619.919.5+3,014
Certificate I and II Level2,1202.11.61,6561.81.4+464
Certificate Level, nfd1,9381.91.81,7631.91.8+175
No qualification45,67945.743.047,72551.348.5-2,046
Inadequately described or not stated4,2194.24.14,9205.35.2-701

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 QLD: 16.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Regional QLD: 8.9% Certificate IV Level, Regional QLD: 3.2% Certificate III Level, Regional QLD: 21.0% Certificate I and II Level, Regional QLD: 1.6% Certificate Level, nfd, Regional QLD: 1.8% No qualification, Regional QLD: 43.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Regional QLD: 4.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 13.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 8.0% Certificate IV Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 3.5% Certificate III Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 21.5% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 2.1% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 1.9% No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 45.7% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 4.2%
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, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +2,834 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +1,871 Certificate IV Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +1,254 Certificate III Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +3,014 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +464 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +175 No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -2,046 Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -701
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 RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region in 2011 compared to Regional QLD 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, 50.1% of the local labour force held educational qualifications, and 45.7% had no qualifications, compared with 52.9% and 43.0% respectively for Regional QLD.

The major differences between qualifications held by the local labour force of the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force with No qualifications (45.7% compared to 43.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with Bachelor or Higher degrees (13.0% compared to 16.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the local labour force in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Certificate III Levels (+3,014 local labour force )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+2,834 local labour force )
  • No qualifications (-2,046 local labour force )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,871 local labour force )

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