Perth-based educational technology startup Schrole (ASX: SCL) has teamed up with a U.S company First Advantage to provide a new service that will improve safety in international schools.
The company announced today the launch of a new product called Schrole Verify that will perform background checks using the screening solutions of First Advantage.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, First Advantage is a leading global provider of background checks worldwide and has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Schrole Verify will be offered to schools and teaching candidates with fees charged for each background check ordered. It will also link with Schrole Connect, a Software-as-as-Service (SaaS) platform Schrole developed to assist international schools in the recruitment process. Schools that are already Schrole Connect customers will be able to order background checks from within the system.
Under the proposed agreement, Schrole has been appointed by First Advantage as exclusive agent in the Asia Pacific regions and given preferential rights for the rest of the world. The agreement provides an opportunity for Schrole to increase its global footprint and make international schools safer worldwide.
Schrole Verify has been developed specifically to address the unique requirements of the international school sector and provide all the checks recommended by the International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP).
The ITFCP was formed in 2014 to assist international school communities address the issue of child protection in their schools. In order to improve child safety, the ITCP recommends a series of screening practices including checks on candidate credentials, criminal records, internet history and a review of sex offender registries.
Founded and led by Managing Director Rob Graham, a former school principal, Schrole has three primary products – Schrole Connect, Schrole Cover and Schrole Develop – being used by over 200 schools in more than 30 countries.
“First Advantage has a global presence and a highly scalable technological solution and conduct these checks efficiently and effectively,” Graham said. “We are excited to be the first company in international schools offering a total global solution to this critical issue.”
Schrole closed its capital raising early and oversubscribed in September, then listed on the ASX via a reverse takeover in October.
Although the company is focused on education technology, white labelled versions of Schrole Cover, an SaaS platform for the fast filling of casual staffing positions, are being used in a variety of sectors including healthcare, aged care and leisure. Schrole Develop is an Australian-accredited leadership and strategic training consultancy.