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Gladstone Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

59.7% of the resident workers in Gladstone Regional Council area have qualifications, compared to 32.2% 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 Gladstone Regional 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 Gladstone Regional Council area'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
Gladstone Regional Council area 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Retail Trade%Number%Retail Trade%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree4,16715.44.83,57312.63.1+594
Advanced Diploma or Diploma2,2898.54.61,8476.52.9+442
Certificate I and II Level4641.73.84261.53.2+38
Certificate III & IV Level8,76532.417.88,40829.712.4+357
Certificate Level, nfd4881.81.23861.41.8+102
No qualification10,11537.465.512,48344.172.9-2,368
Inadequately described or not stated7822.92.31,1564.13.6-374

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, Gladstone Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 4.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gladstone Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 4.6% Certificate I and II Level, Gladstone Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 3.8% Certificate III & IV Level, Gladstone Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 17.8% Certificate Level, nfd, Gladstone Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 1.2% No qualification, Gladstone Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 65.5% Inadequately described or not stated, Gladstone Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 2.3% Bachelor or Higher degree, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries : 15.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries : 8.5% Certificate I and II Level, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries : 1.7% Certificate III & IV Level, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries : 32.4% Certificate Level, nfd, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries : 1.8% No qualification, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries : 37.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries : 2.9%
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, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries: +594 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries: +442 Certificate I and II Level, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries: +38 Certificate III & IV Level, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries: +357 Certificate Level, nfd, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries: +102 No qualification, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries: -2,368 Inadequately described or not stated, Gladstone Regional Council area - All industries: -374
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 Gladstone Regional Council area 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, 59.7% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 37.4% had no qualifications, compared with 32.2% and 65.5% respectively for Retail Trade.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of Gladstone Regional Council area and Retail Trade were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (32.4% compared to 17.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (15.4% compared to 4.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.5% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (37.4% compared to 65.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualifications (-2,368 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+594 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+442 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+357 people )

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