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Founded in 2014, pi-top’s mission isn’t just to change the face of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) in schools, it’s to change the education system itself.
In many classrooms, people learn by ‘instructionism’ – teachers deliver information to learners who have to memorise it and repeat it back later under test conditions. This isn’t learning, it’s remembering. They believe in something better…
Social Constructionism is a learning-centred approach that prioritises exploring, making and iterating real-life STEAM projects in a social and collaborative way. pi-top’s award-winning laptop and pi-topCEED desktop computers are powered by Raspberry Pi and come with a host of projects and accessories which allow any teacher, regardless of their computer literacy, to design fun and engaging lessons across STEAM subjects and beyond. Learners are empowered to work together, at their own pace, designing and refining their inventions by asking questions and ultimately “Learning by Making.”
pi-top have so far secured £18m of investment. As a result of growing demand for their products, it was critical to keep pace by growing their team. They needed to ensure that they continued to deliver their existing solutions and innovate new products while ensuring excellent customer service and user acquisition.
As well as their thriving London HQ, pi-top simultaneously pursued a path of international expansion in Austin, USA and Shenzhen, China. This international element to their growth plans added an additional level of complexity to finding the talent to fuel their expansion. The Ed-tech talent pool can be niche in certain areas and in this quickly emerging industry, there is real competition to attract and retain the real game-changers. In addition to these challenges pi-top also felt that creating a diverse and inclusive environment, sharpening their employer branding and showcasing their wider social mission would be key to attracting the right talent.
pi-top were previously reliant on agencies and their internal network to make their hires. They were unhappy with both the cost and the lack of consistency using agencies and they felt using their internal network would both run dry and also create a monolithic culture. After selecting Troi due to their expertise in the Ed tech market, pi-top was able not only to source and attract top ed-tech professionals but also make it quicker and in a much more cost effective manner than before, whilst also widening the net with regards to the diversity and background of the new hires. Additionally, Troi’s global candidate reach has helped pi-top recruit internationally and achieve a significant amount of success and growth in regards to their European ambitions.
“Troi were the obvious choice as our recruitment partner. They have successfully built relationships throughout the business and have therefore been able to deliver on hiring across a range of disciplines and business functions. Troi understand the pi-top culture, the personalities and how things were done. Due to the sheer number of hires, the key thing was to prioritise which hires were most important and where to initially focus their efforts, Troi has also focused their efforts on building a substantial talent pipeline to get ahead of key future hires.” – Paul Callaghan, COO at Pi-top