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West Coast Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

23.0% of the resident workers in West Coast Council area have qualifications, compared to 35.9% for Tasmania.

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 West Coast Council area'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
West Coast Council area 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Tasmania%Number%Tasmania%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree17411.522.61919.519.8-17
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1056.99.2974.88.2+8
Certificate I and II Level302.01.8381.91.8-8
Certificate III & IV Level42928.424.156328.023.2-134
Certificate Level, nfd392.62.3241.21.4+15
No qualification68445.337.11,00750.141.5-323
Inadequately described or not stated503.32.9904.54.1-40

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, Tasmania : 22.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Tasmania : 9.2% Certificate I and II Level, Tasmania : 1.8% Certificate III & IV Level, Tasmania : 24.1% Certificate Level, nfd, Tasmania : 2.3% No qualification, Tasmania : 37.1% Inadequately described or not stated, Tasmania : 2.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, West Coast Council area - All industries : 11.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, West Coast Council area - All industries : 6.9% Certificate I and II Level, West Coast Council area - All industries : 2.0% Certificate III & IV Level, West Coast Council area - All industries : 28.4% Certificate Level, nfd, West Coast Council area - All industries : 2.6% No qualification, West Coast Council area - All industries : 45.3% Inadequately described or not stated, West Coast Council area - All industries : 3.3%
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, West Coast Council area - All industries: -17 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, West Coast Council area - All industries: +8 Certificate I and II Level, West Coast Council area - All industries: -8 Certificate III & IV Level, West Coast Council area - All industries: -134 Certificate Level, nfd, West Coast Council area - All industries: +15 No qualification, West Coast Council area - All industries: -323 Inadequately described or not stated, West Coast Council area - All industries: -40
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 West Coast Council area in 2016 compared to Tasmania 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, 23.0% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 45.3% had no qualifications, compared with 35.9% and 37.1% respectively for Tasmania.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of West Coast Council area and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (45.3% compared to 37.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (28.4% compared to 24.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (11.5% compared to 22.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (6.9% compared to 9.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in West Coast Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-323 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (-134 people )

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