Overview of qualifications and study participation.

Highest qualification

The majority (80%) of Christchurch residents aged 15 years and over have some type of formal qualification, ranging from Level 1 Certificate to a Bachelor degree or higher.

This has increased from 77% in 2006, and has been largely driven by an increase in the number of people obtaining degree-level qualifications.

As a result of this increase, there has been a decrease in the proportion of people who hold no formal qualification. In 2006, just over 60,000 people did not have a qualification, comprising 23% of the population. In 2013 these figures were 49,700 and 20% respectively.

Highest qualification chart

Highest qualification, 2006-2013

 

Leaving school with no qualifications can have adverse outcomes for individuals, and people without qualifications are often less likely to be able to find work that pays well as those who do have qualifications.

Study Participation

Between 2006 and 2013, there was a decrease in both the number and proportion of the adult population participating in study.

In 2013, 15.3% (39,000 people) of people aged 15 years and over were studying either part-time or full-time, compared with 17.6% (45,600) in 2006. This decrease also occurred nationally.

Of the total number of adults studying in 2013, almost three quarters (73%) were studying full-time, up from 67% in 2006.

chart of study status

Study participation, 2006-2013

Tertiary enrolments

Retaining existing students and attracting new ones continues to be a challenge for local tertiary providers. In 2015, there were 32,400 students enrolled in tertiary institutions located in Christchurch City.

This is 12,700 fewer than there were in 2009, and reflects the impact that the 2010/2011 earthquake series have had on the tertiary sector. However, it important to note that this trend has also occurred nationally. In Christchurch City:

  • Enrolment numbers remain lower than pre-earthquake levels for all sector providers.
  • Combined, the university and polytechnic sectors make up 81% of the city's tertiary students.
  • The number of students enrolled in the city's polytechnic sector has almost halved since the earthquakes.
  • In 2015, the university sector had almost 200 more students than the previous year- its first annual increase since the earthquakes.
  • The wananga sector is showing signs of recovery, as enrolment numbers have increased each year since 2011, to reach 1,950 in 2015. 
  • The number of students enrolled in private training establishments has fluctuated since the earthquakes.
chart of tertiary enrolments

Number of enrolled tertiary students since 2007

Information about data used

Study status:

Study status or participation measures those attending, studying, or enrolled at school or anywhere else. It is grouped into full-time study (20 hours or more a week), part-time study (less than 20 hours a week), and those not studying. Applies to the population aged 15 years and over. View classifications.

Note: This time series is irregular. Because the 2011 Census was cancelled after the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011, the gap between this census and the last one is seven years. The change in the data between 2006 and 2013 may be greater than in the usual five-year gap between censuses. Be careful when comparing trends.

Source: Statistics New Zealand, 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings

Highest qualification:

Highest qualification combines highest secondary school qualification and post-school qualification to obtain a single highest qualification by category of attainment. Applies to the population aged 15 years and over. View classifications.

Note: This time series is irregular. Because the 2011 Census was cancelled after the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011, the gap between this census and the last one is seven years. The change in the data between 2006 and 2013 may be greater than in the usual five-year gap between censuses. Be careful when comparing trends.

Source: Statistics New Zealand, 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings

Tertiary enrolments:

This data relates to students enrolled at any time during the year with a tertiary education provider in formal qualifications of greater than 0.03 EFTS (more than one week's duration). Data excludes all non-formal learning and on-job industry training. Private training establishment includes other tertiary education providers (OTEPs). Data excludes those private training establishments which did not receive government tuition subsidies. Students who were enrolled in more than one sub-sector have been counted in each sub-sector. Consequently, the sum of the sub-sectors may not add to the total number of students.

Source: Ministry of Education, Data Management Unit (Tertiary Full Year Data Collection)