New Zealand’s agricultural industry forms the backbone of our economy, contributing 48% to our export earnings. With the size and complexity of today’s farms, the sophisticated farming methods employed and advanced agricultural technology, employers are increasingly looking for tertiary-qualified, multi-skilled staff.

The search for skilled employees is one of the key issues that the industry faces at present. Less-and-less students are graduating from tertiary institutions with agricultural based qualifications; and with the size and complexity of today’s farms, the days of leaving school with a minimal qualification and taking over the family business is less likely.

To increase the number of students entering the agricultural industry we need to introduce the concept of a career in agriculture at the secondary school level.

Christchurch Boys’ High School has been invited to partner with six other New Zealand schools to develop a curriculum and NCEA qualification in Agribusiness.