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Sunshine Coast Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

64.2% of the resident workers in Sunshine Coast Council area 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 Sunshine Coast 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 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.

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

Resident workers qualifications
Sunshine Coast Council area 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree28,96622.325.121,44918.821.5+7,517
Advanced Diploma or Diploma15,85212.210.912,15910.69.3+3,693
Certificate I and II Level1,7071.31.31,8301.61.5-123
Certificate III & IV Level33,64526.023.028,06424.521.6+5,581
Certificate Level, nfd3,0022.32.02,0811.81.7+921
No qualification43,06633.235.044,20738.740.6-1,141
Inadequately described or not stated3,3922.62.74,5514.03.8-1,159

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, Queensland : 25.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland : 10.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland : 23.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland : 2.0% No qualification, Queensland : 35.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland : 2.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 22.3% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 12.2% Certificate I and II Level, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 26.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 2.3% No qualification, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 33.2% Inadequately described or not stated, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 2.6%
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, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +7,517 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +3,693 Certificate I and II Level, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -123 Certificate III & IV Level, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +5,581 Certificate Level, nfd, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +921 No qualification, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -1,141 Inadequately described or not stated, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -1,159
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 Sunshine Coast Council area in 2016 compared to Queensland 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, 64.2% of the resident workers 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 of Sunshine Coast Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (26.0% compared to 23.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (12.2% compared to 10.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.3% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (33.2% compared to 35.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+7,517 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+5,581 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+3,693 people )
  • No qualifications (-1,141 people )

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