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Resident workers - Qualifications

29.0% of the resident workers in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region have qualifications, compared to 39.3% 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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, Occupation and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of RDA Wide Bay Burnett 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
RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree15,13115.225.112,97213.021.5+2,159
Advanced Diploma or Diploma9,4509.510.97,9968.09.3+1,454
Certificate I and II Level2,0022.01.32,1742.21.5-172
Certificate III & IV Level27,48627.623.025,02225.021.6+2,464
Certificate Level, nfd2,3342.32.01,8901.91.7+444
No qualification40,14640.335.045,68645.740.6-5,540
Inadequately described or not stated3,1763.22.74,2224.23.8-1,046

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, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 15.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 9.5% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 2.0% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 27.6% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 2.3% No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 40.3% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 3.2%
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, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +2,159 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +1,454 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -172 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +2,464 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +444 No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -5,540 Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -1,046
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 the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region in 2016 compared to Queensland 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, 29.0% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 40.3% had no qualifications, compared with 39.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (40.3% compared to 35.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (27.6% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (15.2% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (9.5% compared to 10.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-5,540 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+2,464 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+2,159 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,454 people )

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