What are our qualifications?
Derived from three Census questions, "What is your highest secondary school qualification?", "Apart from secondary school qualifications do you have another completed qualification?", and "Print your highest qualification level and the main subject."
Relates only to persons aged 15 years or more.
Education Qualifications are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Income statistics and Occupation data, Karori's Education Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of an area and identify skill gaps in the labour market. Level of Educational Qualifications in a population relate to a number of factors including:
- the age of the population (e.g. older people tend to have more vocational qualifications, while people in their twenties and thirties are more likely to have a university degree);
- 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; and
- immigration policy
|Level of highest qualification|
(persons aged 15 and over)
|Usual residence||number||%||Wellington City %||number||%||Wellington City %||2001 to 2006
|Post school (excluding university)||1,662||15.1||15.3||1,782||17.0||17.4||-120
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006, 2001 and 1996.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
Presents data on the highest educational qualification an individual has achieved. It combines school, non-school and tertiary qualifications into a single classification.
A qualification is defined as 'a formally recognised award for attainment resulting from a full time learning course of at least three months, or from part-time study for an equivalent period of time or from on-the-job training'. A qualification must be awarded by a secondary school or official educational institution (as defined by the Education Act).
Qualifications data are applicable to people over the age of 15 who are New Zealand residents.
'Higher Degree' includes 'Masters Degree', 'Doctorate Degree' and 'Post-Graduate and Honours Degree'.
Analysis of the qualifications of Karori's population in 2006 compared to the qualifications of Wellington City's population shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Higher degrees, Bachelor degrees and Post School (excluding university) qualifications) and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.
Overall, 55.4% of Karori's population held educational qualifications, and 7.8% had no qualifications, compared with 48.1% and 10.5% respectively for Wellington City.
The major differences between qualifications held by the population of Karori and Wellington City were:
- A larger percentage of Higher degree (15.6% compared to 11.3%);
- A larger percentage of Bachelor degree (24.7% compared to 21.5%);
- A smaller percentage of No qualification (7.8% compared to 10.5%), and;
- A smaller percentage of School qualification (32.3% compared to 34.5%).
The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in Karori between 2001 and 2006 were in those with:
- Bachelor degree (+579 persons);
- Higher degree (+354 persons), and;
- Post school (excluding university) (-120 persons).