Cradle Coast Region
Resident workers - Qualifications
27.5% of the resident workers in the Cradle Coast Region have qualifications, compared to 13.8% for Retail Trade.
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 Cradle Coast Region'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 Cradle Coast 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 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence
|Resident workers qualifications|
|Cradle Coast Region||2016||2011||Change|
|Qualification level||Number||%||Retail Trade%||Number||%||Retail Trade%||2011 to 2016|
|Bachelor or Higher degree||6,170||13.9||4.2||5,666||12.4||3.4||+504||25001|
|Advanced Diploma or Diploma||3,952||8.9||4.0||3,403||7.4||2.8||+549||25002|
|Certificate I and II Level||937||2.1||3.1||953||2.1||3.6||-16||25005|
|Certificate III & IV Level||12,598||28.4||19.8||12,389||27.0||17.8||+209||25006|
|Certificate Level, nfd||1,137||2.6||2.5||685||1.5||1.5||+452||25007|
|Inadequately described or not stated||1,442||3.3||3.2||1,953||4.3||3.6||-511||25009|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Analysis of the qualifications of the resident workers in the Cradle Coast Region in 2016 compared to Retail Trade shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.
Overall, 27.5% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 40.8% had no qualifications, compared with 13.8% and 63.2% respectively for Retail Trade.
The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of the Cradle Coast Region and Retail Trade were:
- A larger percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (13.9% compared to 4.2%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (28.4% compared to 19.8%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.9% compared to 4.0%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (40.8% compared to 63.2%)
The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in the Cradle Coast Region between 2011 and 2016 were:
- No qualifications (-2,663 people )
- Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+549 people )
- Bachelor or Higher degrees (+504 people )
- Certificate Level, nfds (+452 people )