PeopleBench: How We’re Making Schools Amazing Places To Work

How can we make schools amazing places to work so they can be amazing places to learn? That’s the question driving the vision and work of Australian HRTech-EdTech startup, PeopleBench, as they’ve expanded into the United States during 2022.

Headquartered in Brisbane, PeopleBench began operating in 2019 with a pro-bono research project involving 60 schools in regional Australia. Today, they are onboarding their first wave of schools in the US having worked with ~7% of the domestic K12 schools market in six of eight Australian States and Territories.

PeopleBench CEO and Founder, Fleur Johnston, recipient of SBE Australia’s Global Pathway award and named one of Australia’s Top 50 Most Influential Educators, believes people must be at the heart of the future of education.

We know the world is running out of teachers. And the ones we have are hurting. We believe workforce strategy, as a process—underpinned by research, data, and metrics—will play a role in the path to better student outcomes globally.

With UNESCO predicting a 69M teacher shortfall across the world by 2030, PeopleBench exists in response to an enormous gap to meet the education sector’s need to build and retain sustainable, high-impact teaching workforces.

So, what is PeopleBench? The PeopleBench B2B SaaS platform helps education leaders create an evidence-informed workforce strategy in a low-cost, high-speed, scalable manner. With PeopleBench on their desktop, leaders can have increased visibility, reduced risk, and improved ROI in staff-related spending—maintaining a clear line of sight to impact on student outcomes.

In 2022, PeopleBench began working in earnest with K12 districts and business development and research partners in the US to have an even wider impact on K12 workforces—and ultimately, student outcomes.

This year has rapidly accelerated our work in the US. We have experienced phenomenal interest from districts and partners, and our team is excited to expand the impact of PeopleBench,” Johnston said.

“Our work with FD Global and Trena is another step in the collaborative journey of PeopleBench.”

Since day one, bringing the PeopleBench platform to life has been a collaborative effort—whether it’s been the work with our cornerstone clients in regional Australia or our collaboration with our local development partner.”

“Expanding into the US has provided the opportunity to partner not just with FD Global, but with market entry partners in the US and with Ivy-league institution, University of Pennsylvania.”

Support for PeopleBench’s award-winning K12 workforce tools and research is strong, with the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education Entrepreneur in Residence, John Gamba, sharing the excitement.

The impact of the global pandemic, coupled with ongoing political strife in the United States has had dire impacts on teacher satisfaction and retention,” Gamba said.

PeopleBench is uniquely positioned to leverage its tools to support teachers and administrators during these unprecedented times. Penn’s Graduate School of Education is excited to lean in and support PeopleBench with its US market deployment.”

The future for PeopleBench is bright. We hope your festive season is, too.

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FD Global Connections is engaged by PeopleBench to Project Manage their USA Market entry including providing strategic advice and introductions on critical strategic pathways towards a successful USA market entry. For further details, about FD Global’s Market Entry Services, click here: USA Market Entry Services