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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the West Coast Council area, the workforce has a lower proportion with University 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 Occupations data for a full education analysis for the West Coast Council area.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the West Coast Council area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Local workers qualifications
West Coast Council area - All industries 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree23612.322.626210.319.8-26
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1337.09.21295.08.2+4
Certificate I and II Level351.81.8491.91.8-14
Certificate III & IV Level61132.024.079931.323.1-188
Certificate Level, nfd492.62.3301.21.4+19
No qualification78541.137.21,17245.941.6-387
Inadequately described or not stated623.22.91144.54.1-52
Total Persons1,911100.0100.02,555100.0100.0-644

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

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in the West Coast Council area in 2016 compared to Tasmania shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 55.7% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 41.1% had no qualifications, compared with 59.9% and 37.2% respectively for Tasmania.

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

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

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualification (-387 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (-188 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (-26 local workers)
  • Certificate Level, nfd (+19 local workers)

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