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Limestone Coast region

Resident workers - Qualifications

69.2% of the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) in the Limestone Coast region have qualifications, compared to 79.4% for South Australia.

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 the Limestone Coast region'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 the Limestone Coast region'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.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers qualifications
Limestone Coast region - Persons 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree24331.853.024535.449.5-2
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8411.012.58312.012.6+1
Certificate I and II Level202.61.0192.71.2+1
Certificate III & IV Level16221.210.911216.29.7+50
Certificate Level, nfd202.61.9152.21.9+5
No qualification21327.818.419628.322.2+17
Inadequately described or not stated233.02.1233.32.9--
Total Persons765100.0100.0693100.0100.0+72

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 resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) in the Limestone Coast region in 2016 compared to South Australia 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, 69.2% of the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) held educational qualifications, and 27.8% had no qualifications, compared with 79.4% and 18.4% respectively for South Australia.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) of the Limestone Coast region and (South Australia) were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with Bachelor or Higher degree (31.8% compared to 53.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with Certificate III & IV Level (21.2% compared to 10.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with No qualification (27.8% compared to 18.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) in the Limestone Coast region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Certificate III & IV Level (+50 persons)
  • No qualification (+17 persons)
  • Certificate Level, nfd (+5 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (-2 persons)

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