Drayton Valley workforce less educated than provincial levels census data reveals

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
November 29, 2017 - 11:52am

Nearly 40 per cent of Drayton Valley's residents have either college or university qualifications according to Statistics Canada data released Wednesday, but that is well below both the provincial and national levels. 

The final dump of data to be released from the 2016 census shows that 38.3 per cent of Drayton Valley residents between ages 25 and 64 have a college diploma or bachelors degree, compared to 50.2 per cent of Albertans and 54 per cent of Canadians. 

The most common fields of study for workers with the highest levels of educational attainment were business, management and marketing followed by health professions/related programs and education. 

Those who hold a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate is also lower, with 82.8 per cent of people in Drayton Valley aged 25 to 64 having one compared to 86.6 per cent of Albertans and 86.3 per cent of Canadians. 

Workers with an apprenticeship certificate in Drayton Valley sat at 10.6 per cent while 10 per cent of Albertans and 10.8 per cent of Canadians obtained one as their highest level of education. 

Drayton Valley Mayor Michael Doerksen sais the statistics result from a number of issues, and added that many of those without a high school diploma were most likely the first to go during the recent economic downturn.

"When times are going good more education doesn't really matter but when times go the other way it's usually the less qualified that get laid off. I think for the overall resiliency of our community it should be looked at," said Doerksen. 

The 2016 census was the first time Drayton Valley had education results included.

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