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2013 Census ethnic group profiles:
Polish
Education

Highest qualification

For people aged 15 years and over identifying with the Polish ethnic group and living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • 89.9 percent had a formal qualification, up from 86.9 percent in 2006.
  • 88.4 percent of those born in New Zealand had a formal qualification, compared with 90.3 percent of those born overseas.
Highest qualification
Polish and European ethnic groups, and New Zealand population aged 15 years and over
2013 Census

  Polish European NZ population
  2006 2013 2006 2013 2006 2013
Highest qualification Percent
No qualification 13.1 10.3 24.7 20.1 25.0 20.9
Level 1–4 certificate 33.4 28.1 45.4 46.0 43.6 43.0
Level 5–6 diploma 8.2 8.0 9.9 9.9 9.5 9.3
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.7 37.7 15.6 19.7 15.8 20.0
Overseas secondary school qualification 15.6 16.0 4.4 4.3 6.1 6.7
Total people, formal qualification 86.9 89.9 75.3 79.9 75.0 79.1

Source: Statistics New Zealand


No qualification

For people aged 15 years and over identifying with the Polish ethnic group and living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • 10.3 percent had no formal qualification.
  • Those aged 65 years and over were most likely to have no formal qualification (56.9 percent). This was the same as in 2006.

Studying

For people aged 15 years and over identifying with the Polish ethnic group and living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • 16.6 percent were participating in either full-time or part-time study. This compares with 13.0 percent for the total European ethnic group and 14.9 percent for the total New Zealand population.
  • For those participating in study, 40.2 percent were men and 59.8 percent were women.

 

Note: A 'formal qualification' includes qualifications achieved at secondary school and in tertiary education (both below degree level and bachelor's degree or higher).

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in text, tables, and graphs. The accuracy of percentages may be affected by this rounding, particularly for ethnic groups with small populations.

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