Driving Instructor Trainer Mick Knowles discusses driving instructor training in Yorkshire and his passion for helping PDI's
Mick Knowles Tri-coaching partnership driving instructor trainer and coach talks about his passion's his life and he his company Xpert driver training will help you to become a driving instructor.
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Deciding to become a driving instructor, (ADI) is a big decision, not only is it a new career path and a source of income for you but it is also a very rewarding job, helping learner drivers gain their independence.
So why, do trainee ADI’s cut corners with their training?
They often look for the cheapest training around. This training is more often than not NOT as cheap as it looks at first glance. There are pitfalls to taking cheap training and I will try to point out some of those pit falls to you, with in this blog.
Driving is a life skill, something that will be with you for the rest of your life and something could also take your life or someone else’s if you get it wrong! So, by cutting corners we are not only risking our lives, but also our learners lives and other road users!
I am not saying you should only go for the most expensive, but you need to look fully at the package you are buying into and especially the T&C’s in fine detail. As these people like myself are business people looking at making a living, so most of them will have the T&C’s firmly stacked in their favour!
I speak to a lot of PDI’s and ADI’S, that when they trained all they were given from their training provider for their Part 1 training, was a copy of the Highway Code and Driving, The Essential skills and told to go away and pass their theory. So, what does the majority of PDI’s do? They go and use Apps and pass their Part one that way! What benefit has using Apps to learn the questions by Rote learning given them for their Part 2, 3 and future career as an ADI? Absolutely nothing at all!
What trainers should be doing is giving PDI’s more support in their training, not leaving them to it! I was left to it and didn’t like it at all. I was lucky though, a colleague I served with in the army was training at the same time, so we worked together which helped!
What we do at Xpert ADI/PDI Training is work with you the learner all the way through. We use the TCIT Training package, which is based around 17 in car modules. All three Parts are fully integrated into these modules, so you are not left on your own to study for your theory and then come back for Part 2. You work towards all three Parts on each session.
That is not the only difference, as I mentioned before most ADI Trainers only give out the two books mentioned. We supply as part of the TCIT Package all these publications!
You can see from the picture that there are two DVSA publications, DVSA National Driver Training Standards and DVSA National Driving Syllabus. At a recent meeting of ADI’s and PDI’s I was shocked at the number who had never seen these through their training. Some didn’t even know they existed, this included PDI’s from one of the big national schools!
There are many issues I have come across in my time of training PDI’s, but one that really shocked me was the tie ins that training companies employed.
I recently spoke to an ADI who was given free training to become an ADI! The catch was that he was then tied in to a 5 year. This ADI pays £90 per week, all he gets for his money is pupils! Yet the surprise is the cost of his training, it wasn’t free! Over the 5 years it has cost him £23400! That is outrageous!
Why did the PDI sign up for this? Probably because it looked like a good deal at the time, but I bet he wishes he’d worked out the maths before signing up!
Another company charged £1000 for the training and then tie you in with a 12-month contract paying £250 per week! That has just cost you £14000 before you even pay yourself! At their lesson prices that is 500 hours of lessons before you make any money for yourself!
At Xpert we don’t insist in tying you in to a contract, you can train with us and then leave if you want or join the team on a rolling 12-month contract, with a 30-day notice period.
To find out more about our training packages including costs, either call Mick on 07790456012 or send us a PM through our Facebook page.