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Resident workers - Qualifications

57.9% of the resident workers in City of Whyalla have qualifications, compared to 61.6% 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 City of Whyalla'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 Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula 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
City of Whyalla 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%South Australia%Number%South Australia%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree1,26515.225.91,23613.522.1+29
Advanced Diploma or Diploma6798.210.65696.29.4+110
Certificate I and II Level1942.31.52092.31.6-15
Certificate III & IV Level2,48129.921.42,58628.220.1-105
Certificate Level, nfd1902.32.21661.81.9+24
No qualification3,28239.535.74,00043.641.0-718
Inadequately described or not stated2122.62.74024.43.9-190

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, South Australia : 25.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, South Australia : 10.6% Certificate I and II Level, South Australia : 1.5% Certificate III & IV Level, South Australia : 21.4% Certificate Level, nfd, South Australia : 2.2% No qualification, South Australia : 35.7% Inadequately described or not stated, South Australia : 2.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Whyalla - All industries : 15.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Whyalla - All industries : 8.2% Certificate I and II Level, City of Whyalla - All industries : 2.3% Certificate III & IV Level, City of Whyalla - All industries : 29.9% Certificate Level, nfd, City of Whyalla - All industries : 2.3% No qualification, City of Whyalla - All industries : 39.5% Inadequately described or not stated, City of Whyalla - 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, City of Whyalla - All industries: +29 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Whyalla - All industries: +110 Certificate I and II Level, City of Whyalla - All industries: -15 Certificate III & IV Level, City of Whyalla - All industries: -105 Certificate Level, nfd, City of Whyalla - All industries: +24 No qualification, City of Whyalla - All industries: -718 Inadequately described or not stated, City of Whyalla - All industries: -190
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 City of Whyalla in 2016 compared to South Australia shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 57.9% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 39.5% had no qualifications, compared with 61.6% and 35.7% respectively for South Australia.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of City of Whyalla and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (29.9% compared to 21.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (39.5% compared to 35.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (15.2% compared to 25.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.2% compared to 10.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in City of Whyalla between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-718 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+110 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (-105 people )

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