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St Pauls Collegiate

The programme exposes 16- to 18-year-old students to the wide range of skills required, and the opportunities available, in the primary sector beyond the farm gate.

St Paul’s developed the course in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, NZQA and primary industries and it is now taught at 93 schools across New Zealand.

Since the programme was launched more than six years ago, numbers have increased to more than 2,000 in 2019, preparing the best and brightest for careers in the primary sector.

St Pauls Collegiate
St Pauls Collegiate - Cheese Making

Partnering with St Paul’s aligns with Rabobank’s mission statement of ‘Growing a better New Zealand together’ and, as part of the partnership, we sit on the school’s Agribusiness Programme Advisory Board.

This will allow Rabobank to play an active role in the development and execution of the curriculum at a local level by providing industry knowledge and expertise.

The programme is broken into four strands:

  • Agri-science
  • Agri-marketing
  • Agri-management and finance
  • Agri-innovation

Through these strands, students learn about plant science, soil science, food science, microbiology, economics, digital technologies, primary production processes, future proofing, growing value and international trade.

The course has a major emphasis on experiential learning, gaining understanding and applying examples of industry ‘best practice’ to conceptual learning within the classroom.

It also includes a focus on careers and opportunities available in the wider primary sector - visits and work placements within the agricultural science and business sectors are an integral part of the programme.

St Pauls Collegiate - Learning honey production
St Pauls Collegiate


Agribusiness Programme


St Pauls Collegiate


St Paul's Collegiate


Rabobank NZ in the community


Rabobank in the community


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