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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

64.1% of the resident workers (All industries) in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region have qualifications, compared to 62.4% for Queensland.

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 RDA Sunshine 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 RDA Sunshine 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
RDA Sunshine Coast Region - Persons 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree33,92022.425.125,42118.821.5+8,499
Advanced Diploma or Diploma18,65612.310.914,53410.89.3+4,122
Certificate I and II Level1,9681.31.32,1721.61.5-204
Certificate III & IV Level39,09825.823.032,85524.321.6+6,243
Certificate Level, nfd3,5452.32.02,4671.81.7+1,078
No qualification50,37233.235.052,14438.640.6-1,772
Inadequately described or not stated4,0722.72.75,4914.13.8-1,419
Total Persons151,631100.0100.0135,084100.0100.0+16,547

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 (All industries) in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2016 compared to Queensland 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, 64.1% of the resident workers (All industries) held educational qualifications, and 33.2% had no qualifications, compared with 62.4% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) of the RDA Sunshine Coast Region and (Queensland) were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Certificate III & IV Level (25.8% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Bachelor or Higher degree (22.4% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) with No qualification (33.2% compared to 35.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+8,499 persons)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+6,243 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+4,122 persons)
  • No qualification (-1,772 persons)

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