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#1 04-08-09 21:56:45

Lankytim
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Career change. Is being a driving instructor for me?

Hi everybody.

First things first, id better introduce myself. I'm Tim, I live in Stoke on Trent and up until a month or so ago I was a class 1 HGV driver. Driving large lorries has been a good way of paying the bills but I have never found it very satisfying and have always toyed with the idea of doing something different and more worthwhile with my life. Unfortunately I was "credit crunched" and made redundant last month, I say "unfortunately" but maybe its a good thing as I have been forced to reaccess what I want to do career wise..

Ive found other work delivering cars on trade plates, which is fun but I intend to retrain and find something more concrete ASAP. Ive been looking at various different websites at becoming a driving instructor, I think it looks to be a very fulfilling job to do. I enjoy meeting and working with different people and with my background in driving I feel it could be the job for me.

I understand it would cost around £3000 to train which is alot of money but would be well worth it if it provides me with a career I can rely on, can anyone advise me on the best way of training and what to do next?  Ive no idea which would provide the best route to a qualification and who would provide the best deal regarding work and income.

Basically, has anyone got any advice on what I should do next and any companies I should avoid? Any advice is appreciated, even if its "don't bother, theres no work for instructors!"

Many thanks in advance.

Tim

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#2 05-08-09 04:51:02

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Re: Career change. Is being a driving instructor for me?

Plenty of advise on here coving this topic, read through the simular threads


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#3 05-08-09 05:42:36

ExAdiNigel
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Re: Career change. Is being a driving instructor for me?

There doesn't tend to be a lot of support for RED either.

General consensus is usually to find a local independent trainer as payment can be more flexible.  Though there can be recommendations for LDC and the AA.

Where are you based?  Perhaps someone on this forum is in your area and can help you?

Nigel


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#4 05-08-09 20:45:50

Lankytim
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Re: Career change. Is being a driving instructor for me?

Ill have a good mooch around the forums and read about whats what. I may need things spelling out for me sometimes though as I know pretty much nothing about being an instructor- the last instructor I spoke to was the fella who taught me to drive a lorry in 2001.

Nigel, im based in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

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#5 06-08-09 16:04:30

jay666
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Re: Career change. Is being a driving instructor for me?

adiNigel wrote:

There doesn't tend to be a lot of support for RED either.


I am training with RED through The instructor college in Wolverhampton and they have been excellent so far. Theres my support for them. smile

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#6 07-08-09 04:43:42

ExAdiNigel
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Re: Career change. Is being a driving instructor for me?

....Nigel, im based in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

Then check out another Nigel (username Hector) on here.  He is in your area and tends to be respected by those who have met and trained with him.  You can find more about him here...http://www.excelsiortraining.co.uk/.  He would be well worth contacting and speaking to before making any firm decision.

Good luck

Nigel


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#7 07-08-09 10:00:34

Jimothy
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Re: Career change. Is being a driving instructor for me?

Hi Tim, Hector has already been recommended. There's also little old me based fairly local to you. Drop me a PM for my phone number if you want to discuss it further.


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#8 07-08-09 12:59:33

Lankytim
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Re: Career change. Is being a driving instructor for me?

Cheers for the input guys, plenty to read over.

One thing im worried about is the amount of work out there. Is the market saturated with instructors or is there enough work for everyone?I wouldnt want to get trained up only to find theres no work.

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#9 07-08-09 15:27:23

Jimothy
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Re: Career change. Is being a driving instructor for me?

There's peaks and there's troughs in business. If you're good enough as an ADI and as a businessman you can get work.


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