About the data
Devon generally has a well-educated population, and taking the latest 3 year average to account for statistical variation, Devon’s residents are more qualified for every NVQ level. 79% of residents are qualified to at least NVQ level 2 or equivalent, above the national average of 74%. Although smaller, at level 4 (higher education certificate equivalent) Devon is 1.5% above the national average with 39% educated to this level. These numbers hide some disparity within Devon. East Devon, Exeter and South Hams districts have some 45% of residents qualified to level 4, nearly 14% more than North Devon, Mid Devon and 18% more than Torridge. In the latter the figure is by far the lowest, at approximately 28%. While these differences between the districts remain at lower qualification levels, they diminish by level 1.
Despite having good qualification levels, key skills shortages remain in the local economy; recently construction, engineering and IT have been identified as areas where there are skills gaps and shortages of labour.
Last Updated: March 2019