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Qualifications

3,435 people in the Whanganui District 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, Whanganui District'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
Whanganui District20132006Change
Qualification levelNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
Higher degree
9842.95.77442.24.2+240
Bachelor degree
2,4517.312.11,9415.810.0+510
Post school (excluding university)
6,98420.819.97,59922.721.6-615
School qualification
10,11930.132.59,14727.431.4+972
map this data in atlas.idNo qualification8,38524.918.69,76529.222.4-1,380
Not stated / included
4,71314.011.14,20912.610.4+504

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, New Zealand: 5.7% Bachelor degree, New Zealand: 12.1% Post school (excluding university), New Zealand: 19.9% School qualification, New Zealand: 32.5% No qualification, New Zealand: 18.6% Not stated / included, New Zealand: 11.1% Higher degree, Whanganui District: 2.9% Bachelor degree, Whanganui District: 7.3% Post school (excluding university), Whanganui District: 20.8% School qualification, Whanganui District: 30.1% No qualification, Whanganui District: 24.9% Not stated / included, Whanganui District: 14.0%
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, Whanganui District: +240 Bachelor degree, Whanganui District: +510 Post school (excluding university), Whanganui District: -615 School qualification, Whanganui District: +972 No qualification, Whanganui District: -1,380 Not stated / included, Whanganui District: +504
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 Whanganui District in 2013 compared to the New Zealand shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Higher degrees, Bachelor degrees and Post School (excluding university) qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 61.1% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 24.9% had no qualifications, compared with 70.3% and 18.6% respectively for the New Zealand.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of the Whanganui District and the New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with No qualifications (24.9% compared to 18.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor degrees (7.3% compared to 12.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Higher degrees (2.9% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with School qualifications (30.1% compared to 32.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualifications (-1,380 persons)
  • School qualifications (+972 persons)
  • Post school (excluding university) qualifications (-615 persons)
  • Bachelor degrees (+510 persons)
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