The intent of the new agribusiness teaching and learning programmes is to attract the brightest and the best students into careers in Agribusiness up to and beyond the farm gate through teaching achievement standards of academic rigour at Levels 2 and 3 NCEA that incorporate both agri-science and agri-business concepts and knowledge.

Every teaching and learning unit of work associated with the achievement standard will incorporate both agri-science and agri-business aspects.

Agribusiness in School’s initial gap analysis cross the current subject areas identified a number of key aspects important to the agribusiness sector, which are missing. The gaps in agribusiness content knowledge and skills form the basis of the proposed agribusiness courses under four strands; Science, Innovation, Management and Finance and Marketing with underpinning concepts of Future Proofing, Innovation and Growing Value.

The courses can be made up from a combination of new Agribusiness achievement standards and re-contextualised achievement standards from existing learning areas. The new standards are now available of the NZQA website.