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Local workers - Qualifications - Education and Training

In Cairns, the Education and Training workforce has a lower proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to Queensland.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of local workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Field of qualification and Occupation data for a full education analysis for Cairns.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Cairns in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers qualifications
Cairns - Education and Training20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree3,45455.257.92,98754.256.8+467
Advanced Diploma or Diploma69011.010.662611.410.5+64
Certificate I and II Level440.70.8500.90.9-6
Certificate III & IV Level80412.911.768812.510.4+116
Certificate Level, nfd1121.81.5701.31.3+42
No qualification1,00216.015.791616.617.8+86
Inadequately described or not stated1472.41.71753.22.3-28

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers qualification, 2016
Local workers qualification, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Queensland: 57.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland: 10.6% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland: 0.8% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland: 11.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland: 1.5% No qualification, Queensland: 15.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns: 55.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns: 11.0% Certificate I and II Level, Cairns: 0.7% Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns: 12.9% Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns: 1.8% No qualification, Cairns: 16.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns - Education and Training: +467 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - Education and Training: +64 Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - Education and Training: -6 Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - Education and Training: +116 Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - Education and Training: +42 No qualification, Cairns - Education and Training: +86
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the Education and Training in Cairns in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a similar proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 68.8% of the Education and Training held educational qualifications, and 16.0% had no qualifications, compared with 70.8% and 15.7% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the Education and Training workforce in Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (12.9% compared to 11.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (11.0% compared to 10.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (16.0% compared to 15.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (55.2% compared to 57.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the Education and Training workforce in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+467 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+116 local workers)
  • No qualifications (+86 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+64 local workers)

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