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Wakefield Regional Council area

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Wakefield Regional Council area, the workforce has a lower proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to South Australia.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of local workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Field of qualification and Occupation data for a full education analysis for RDA Yorke and Mid North Region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. However this dataset is NOT available at the Local Government Area level, and had to be matched using a best fit of work destination zones (DZNs) to the current LGA boundaries. Wakefield Regional Council area is one area for which there is no good match of 2011 DZNs to 2016 LGA boundaries, so there is no reasonable data comparison between 2011 and 2016 for this area. 2011 data has been turned off and is currently unavailable for comparison for Wakefield Regional Council area.

Local workers qualifications
Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries2016
Qualification levelNumber%South Australia %
Bachelor or Higher degree32912.225.9
Advanced Diploma or Diploma2298.510.6
Certificate I and II Level501.91.5
Certificate III & IV Level62223.121.4
Certificate Level, nfd702.62.2
No qualification1,28247.635.8
Inadequately described or not stated1094.12.7

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers qualification, 2016
Local workers qualification, 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: 35.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Wakefield Regional Council area: 12.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Wakefield Regional Council area: 8.5% Certificate I and II Level, Wakefield Regional Council area: 1.9% Certificate III & IV Level, Wakefield Regional Council area: 23.1% Certificate Level, nfd, Wakefield Regional Council area: 2.6% No qualification, Wakefield Regional Council area: 47.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in Wakefield Regional Council area in 2016 compared to South Australia shows that there was a lower proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 25.2% of the held educational qualifications, and 47.6% had no qualifications, compared with 40.2% and 35.8% respectively for South Australia.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in Wakefield Regional Council area and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (47.6% compared to 35.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (23.1% compared to 21.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (12.2% compared to 25.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.5% compared to 10.6%)

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