32pc have a third level qualification

ESTHER HAYDEN

Published 05/12/2012 | 09:14

THE latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 32pc of people in County Wicklow have a third level qualification.

Last Thursday the Central Statistics Office released the latest publication in its series of Census 2011 results, showing that in April 2011 32pc of people aged 15 and over in the county had a third level qualification, compared to 31pc for the State as a whole.

The publication 'Profile 9 What we know - A study of education and skills in Ireland', presents a profile of the education and skills of the Irish population, focusing in detail on age leaving education and field of study in which qualifications are held.

The figures show that 32pc of people aged 15 and over in the county in 2011 had a third level qualification while 26pc were college graduates.

24pc of all men aged 15 and over who had ceased full time education men were third level graduates compared with 28pc of women. Of the total number of graduates (22,541) in April 2011, 10,198 (45pc) were male while 12,343 (55pc) were female.

A total of 689 people aged 15 and over who had completed their education held a Doctorate (Ph.D.) level qualification in April 2011.

10,438 persons (12pc of those whose full time education had ceased) had completed their full-time education before the age of 16.

A total of 48,502 persons in County Wicklow, accounting for 37pc of the population aged 3 and over, indicated that they could speak Irish. This compared to 41pc for the State as a whole.

There were 1,503 persons in County Wicklow speaking Irish on a daily basis outside of the education system in April 2011 accounting for 1.2pc of the total population aged 3 and over, compared to the state average of 1.8pc.

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO said ' this report provides further analysis of a number of important themes from the Census 2011 results. Firstly it examines the level of education of the Irish population looking in detail at the age education ceased, the relationship with economic status, industry and occupational group and the different field of study in which qualifications are held. The report also looks at the Irish language, examining the location of Irish speakers and the frequency of use.

The 2011 Census form asked two new questions. The first about what other languages are spoken in the home and the level of proficiency in spoken English for those whose first language is not English or Irish and will be used to target state resources in areas such as education and health. The second new question asked each person how their health is in general which will provide a country-wide picture of people's health and how it is related to various factors such as age, etc.

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