Central Coast Council area

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Central Coast Council area, the workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to New South Wales.

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 Occupations data for a full education analysis for Central Coast Council area.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Local workers qualifications
Central Coast Council area - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree28,57524.538.421,54520.632.6+7,030
Advanced Diploma or Diploma13,63911.711.012,10711.611.1+1,532
Certificate I and II Level1,7841.51.21,6741.61.2+110
Certificate III & IV Level29,05924.918.125,78424.618.7+3,275
Certificate Level, nfd2,7082.31.92,7692.62.3-61
No qualification38,38832.927.037,68736.031.1+701
Inadequately described or not stated2,6322.32.33,1673.02.9-535
Total Persons116,785100.0100.0104,733100.0100.0+12,052

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in Central Coast Council area in 2021 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a lower proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 64.9% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 32.9% had no qualifications, compared with 70.7% and 27.0% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of Central Coast Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (24.5% compared to 38.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (24.9% compared to 18.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (32.9% compared to 27.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (11.7% compared to 11.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in Central Coast Council area between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+7,030 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+3,275 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+1,532 local workers)
  • No qualification (+701 local workers)

Central Coast NSW

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