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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In West Coast Council area, the have a lower proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to Tasmania.

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 Cradle Coast Region.

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

Please note: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

Local workers qualifications
West Coast Council area - All industries2016
Qualification levelNumber%Tasmania %
Bachelor or Higher degree23612.322.6
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1337.09.2
Certificate I and II Level351.81.8
Certificate III & IV Level61132.024.0
Certificate Level, nfd492.62.3
No qualification78541.137.2
Inadequately described or not stated623.22.9

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, Tasmania: 22.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Tasmania: 9.2% Certificate I and II Level, Tasmania: 1.8% Certificate III & IV Level, Tasmania: 24.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Tasmania: 2.3% No qualification, Tasmania: 37.2% Bachelor or Higher degree, West Coast Council area: 12.3% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, West Coast Council area: 7.0% Certificate I and II Level, West Coast Council area: 1.8% Certificate III & IV Level, West Coast Council area: 32.0% Certificate Level, nfd, West Coast Council area: 2.6% No qualification, West Coast Council area: 41.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in West Coast Council area in 2016 compared to Tasmania 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, 23.7% of the held educational qualifications, and 41.1% had no qualifications, compared with 35.9% and 37.2% respectively for Tasmania.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (32.0% compared to 24.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (41.1% compared to 37.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (12.3% compared to 22.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (7.0% compared to 9.2%)

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