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One of the most daunting things people face when they want to become a driving instructor is the choice of who to use for their training. Their tends to be 2 sorts of choices available, firstly the major national companies whose adverts can be quite often seen on the the tv.
  The second is the guy who says he does driving instructor training and he will do it a lot cheaper than the rest. Now with both of these there tends to be problems.
   With the first group - the big national companies - they tend to have a slick presentation, knowing that you've already been impressed with their tv ad, or maybe it's just a well known name, so half of their selling point has been acheived.
 Before you sign up though why not go to your local test centre and wait around for a bit and talk to some of the driving instructors (especially those on pink licences) about who they are training with and what THEY think of there training. This way you get to hear first hand of the good and bad points of a particular company.
        Some of the things to listen out for is if they are doing training on a 2 to 1 basis or even 3 to 1. This means that there are 2 or even 3 trainees in the car with 1 teacher. The net result of having 2 to 1 means that your 40 hours training in effect become 20 hours!
 If you are doing 3 to 1 instructor training, you are getting 13 hours training for your money!

  If that is the case it really is not worth going and spending money with them after all if you in effect are paying £900 for your part 3 section and get 13 hours that equals £69 per hour.
The trouble with most big companies though is that you are on a conveyor belt of trainees, you will often be paired with someone not at your standard so it becomes increasingly harder to better yourself. Infact with a couple of training companies it seems the faster you are off the course the better it is for them, as there is more profit in someone quitting after 40 hours than there is if they want to re take all their training.

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  1. Paul Derby

    I must completely disagree with a number of points here; especially regarding 2:1 training. Let me start by first setting the record straight: 2:1 TRAINING DOES NOT MEAN HALF THE TRAINING! Many, many, professional training organisations and bodies in different professional industries would INSIST on 2:1 training rather than do 1:1. A session at part 2 delivered correctly at the right standard will allow a student to become much more fully aware of what is happening in the exercise. Imagine, I'm in the back, watching you. You're in the drivers seat, and you miss a certain sign, or road marking or react incorrectly to a situation. How many times could you drive around under instruction, concentrating on what is happening with your driving, whilst the trainer tells you repeatedly what you should be or should have been doing. Has this sunk in? have you understood what the exercise was? No? Why? Because you were under instruction and concentrating on the mirrors, and that lady getting too close, the postman etc, etc. I have. I saw the issues. I noted them. I now am aware of what this exercise was illustrating. Now I'm in the drivers seat. I so the exercise. I UNDERSTAND the problem. When I am practising on my own, I understand what to do. Now let's imagine I was on a 1:1 session. I did the exercise twice, three times. Then I stop with my trainer at the end of the session and I try and remember what I should have done and I have a vague recollection of what to do. Ok, I'm still not sure, so we do it again. So suddenly, a 2 hour 2:1 session took 4 hours to achieve the same result 1:1? Half the training? So, I'm now an ADI. I take my pupil down the same street and the same issue arises. My 2:1 training has given me the understanding i need to address the issue, as i witnessed it and noted, and understood. Of course, it IS possible to achieve the same results with 1:1, but, and a skilled trainer, teaching pilots, bus drivers, instructors would much prefer 2:1. Paul Derby.

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  2. Paul D

    Basically, I think the bottom line when decideing upong becomeing a driving instructor and picking a company to learn with, is that you must choose very carfully as there are ALOT of cowboys out there. My son trained with RED and he was terribly let down. It was so expensive and they offered no support. Then if he was to pass, he wouldn't even be guarenteed a job. But on the flip side it is also important to remember that not all companys are bad eggs. My son actually decided to leave RED half way through the course and learn with Learner Driver instead. They refund all course fees when you pass and even guarentee you a job when you pass. It is important to note also that while my son now earns good money, it is not quite the £30,000 that RED claim it to be in their ads!

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  3. Sally Smerdon

    This is so true. I signed up with BSM and while my instructor was excellent, all my training was paired and I only ended up with half of the training. When I completed my 40 hours, they did not have a franchise available for me. I found a local school with 21 instructors on the books and I am doing my Trainee Licence with them. I am having to pay for additional training because, quite frankly, I would have been dangerous to teach at the level I was at. I had to get my own car but the cost of that and my settle to the company worked out at £200 A WEEK CHEAPER than going with BSM. I look at the cost of the extra training as a further investment in my future. I have been on Trainee Licence now for 7 weeks and I am enjoying it enormously although I do have days when I wonder if it is the correct job for me. I have my Part 3 on 11th September. I'm trying to find a blog written by someone else who is a Trainee so we can share experiences.

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