Penrith City

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Penrith City, the workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to New South Wales.

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 Penrith City.

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, Penrith City 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
Penrith City - All industries 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree15,76923.032.611,97719.827.9+3,792
Advanced Diploma or Diploma7,01510.211.15,5049.110.5+1,511
Certificate I and II Level9461.41.29611.61.4-15
Certificate III & IV Level14,79221.618.712,62120.918.8+2,171
Certificate Level, nfd1,6032.32.31,1651.91.9+438
No qualification26,52138.731.125,50242.134.9+1,019
Inadequately described or not stated1,9452.82.92,7954.64.5-850
Total Persons68,591100.0100.060,525100.0100.0+8,066

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in Penrith City in 2016 compared to New South Wales 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, 58.5% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 38.7% had no qualifications, compared with 65.9% and 31.1% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of Penrith City and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (23.0% compared to 32.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (38.7% compared to 31.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (21.6% compared to 18.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (10.2% compared to 11.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in Penrith City between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+3,792 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+2,171 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+1,511 local workers)
  • No qualification (+1,019 local workers)

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