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The Wellington Region

Qualifications

96,528 people in the Wellington Region had a tertiary qualification in 2013.

Education Qualifications are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Income statistics and Occupation data, the Wellington Region'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

Derived from the 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.'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
Wellington Region20132006Change
Qualification levelNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Higher degree35,8119.45.924,9037.04.3+10,908
Bachelor degree60,71716.012.650,36714.110.5+10,350
Post school (excluding university)71,50818.919.475,87321.321.4-4,365
School qualification120,61531.832.4110,93731.131.2+9,678
No qualification55,08314.518.164,61418.121.8-9,531
Not stated / included35,5809.411.529,8208.410.8+5,760

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Highest qualification achieved, 2013
Highest qualification achieved, 2013 Higher degree, North Island: 5.9% Bachelor degree, North Island: 12.6% Post school (excluding university), North Island: 19.4% School qualification, North Island: 32.4% No qualification, North Island: 18.1% Not stated / included, North Island: 11.5% Higher degree, Wellington Region: 9.4% Bachelor degree, Wellington Region: 16.0% Post school (excluding university), Wellington Region: 18.9% School qualification, Wellington Region: 31.8% No qualification, Wellington Region: 14.5% Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 9.4%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2013
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2013 Higher degree, Wellington Region: +10,908 Bachelor degree, Wellington Region: +10,350 Post school (excluding university), Wellington Region: -4,365 School qualification, Wellington Region: +9,678 No qualification, Wellington Region: -9,531 Not stated / included, Wellington Region: +5,760
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the population in the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island 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, 76.1% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 14.5% had no qualifications, compared with 70.4% and 18.1% respectively for the North Island.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of the Wellington Region and the North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with Higher degrees (9.4% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with Bachelor degrees (16.0% compared to 12.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with No qualifications (14.5% compared to 18.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 were in those with:

  • Higher degrees (+10,908 persons)
  • Bachelor degrees (+10,350 persons)
  • School qualifications (+9,678 persons)
  • No qualifications (-9,531 persons)
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