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Resident workers - Qualifications

33.1% of the resident workers in the Cook Shire have qualifications, compared to 39.3% for Queensland.

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 Cook Shire's resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the resident workforce;
  • 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 Cook Shire'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 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Resident workers qualifications
Cook Shire 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree29317.225.123514.821.5+58
Advanced Diploma or Diploma18110.610.91308.29.3+51
Certificate I and II Level472.81.3261.61.5+21
Certificate III & IV Level46727.323.037923.921.6+88
Certificate Level, nfd452.62.0261.61.7+19
No qualification57933.935.068042.940.6-101
Inadequately described or not stated965.62.71106.93.8-14

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

Resident workers qualifications, 2016
Resident workers qualifications, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Queensland : 25.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland : 10.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland : 23.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland : 2.0% No qualification, Queensland : 35.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland : 2.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cook Shire - All industries : 17.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cook Shire - All industries : 10.6% Certificate I and II Level, Cook Shire - All industries : 2.8% Certificate III & IV Level, Cook Shire - All industries : 27.3% Certificate Level, nfd, Cook Shire - All industries : 2.6% No qualification, Cook Shire - All industries : 33.9% Inadequately described or not stated, Cook Shire - All industries : 5.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Cook Shire - All industries: +58 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cook Shire - All industries: +51 Certificate I and II Level, Cook Shire - All industries: +21 Certificate III & IV Level, Cook Shire - All industries: +88 Certificate Level, nfd, Cook Shire - All industries: +19 No qualification, Cook Shire - All industries: -101 Inadequately described or not stated, Cook Shire - All industries: -14
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 resident workers in the Cook Shire in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), as well as a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 33.1% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 33.9% had no qualifications, compared with 39.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of the Cook Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (27.3% compared to 23.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate I and II Levels (2.8% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (17.2% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (33.9% compared to 35.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in the Cook Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-101 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+88 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+58 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+51 people )

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