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 Gunnedah Shire'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 , Occupations and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of Gunnedah Shire'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|
|Gunnedah Shire - Persons||2016||2011||Change|
|Qualification level||Number||%||New South Wales||Number||%||New South Wales||2011 - 2016|
|Bachelor or Higher degree||828||15.4||32.6||646||12.3||27.9||+182|
|Advanced Diploma or Diploma||482||9.0||11.2||373||7.1||10.5||+109|
|Certificate I and II Level||99||1.8||1.2||117||2.2||1.4||-18|
|Certificate III & IV Level||1,439||26.8||18.7||1,301||24.8||18.9||+138|
|Certificate Level, nfd||154||2.9||2.3||106||2.0||1.9||+48|
|Inadequately described or not stated||240||4.5||2.9||260||5.0||4.5||-20|
Analysis of the qualifications of the resident workers (All industries) in Gunnedah Shire in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a higher proportion of resident holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of males with no formal qualifications.
Overall, 55.8% of the resident workers (All industries) held educational qualifications, and 39.7% had no qualifications, compared with 66.0% and 31.1% respectively for New South Wales.
The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) of Gunnedah Shire and (New South Wales) were:
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Bachelor or Higher degree (15.4% compared to 32.6%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) with No qualification (39.7% compared to 31.1%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Certificate III & IV Level (26.8% compared to 18.7%)
The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) in Gunnedah Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:
- No qualification (-298 persons)
- Bachelor or Higher degree (+182 persons)
- Certificate III & IV Level (+138 persons)
- Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+109 persons)