About the data
The latest estimates are for 2021 and reveal that Somerset performs below the national average.
- 38.4% of the working age population in Somerset are qualified to NVQ4+, this is lower than both the South West region (42%) and UK (43.5%)
- 5.9% of Somerset’s working age population are thought to have no qualifications at all this is lower than UK overall (6.8%)
- Somerset has a similar proportion of working-age people qualified to at least NVQ1 as nationally.
- 5.7% of Somerset’s working-age residents have some other form of qualification (e.g. vocational/work-related qualifications or foreign qualifications).
At the lower-tier local authority level within Somerset there is significant variation in attainment between districts.
- Mendip performs well for all NVQ levels better than nationally for the upper levels.
- Somerset West and Taunton also performs well. It has a higher proportion of people qualified to at least NVQ1, NVQ2 and NVQ3 level than is the case nationally.
- South Somerset performs well in terms of attainment at lower qualification levels, with 89.9% of working-age residents holding at least NVQ1 and 80% holding at least NVQ2 qualifications.
- At 7%, Sedgemoor has a higher proportion of residents with ‘Other qualifications’ than any other local authority area in Somerset and Nationally
- Sedgemoor has the highest proportion of residents in Somerset with no qualifications (6.1%).
Follow this link for an explanation of What Qualification Levels Mean from gov.uk.
Source: ONS, NOMIS, Annual Population Survey, January 2023