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#1 19-03-04 11:39:31

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Why choose ORDIT

ORDIT was established by the DSA in an attempt to stop people wasting money on substandard training from companies or individuals with appalling training standards and pass rates.  Insufficient people are qualifying due to the standard of some training being offered and many major driving schools are being starved of new recruits as a result.  In addition to protecting the public against substandard training, ORDIT also protects against misleading marketing and other unethical business practice.  Members failing to maintain the required standard may be removed or compelled to resign.

Despite the fact that the number of people setting out on the road to become a driving instructor every year has recently doubled to around 18,000 the number who actually qualify has remained consistent at around 3,000 per year.  This number is not enough to satisfy demand and as a result the ADI register has fallen from around 33,000 in 1999 to around 30,000 because the industry is losing more instructors through natural wastage than is qualifying through the entry examination process.

One case study showed that a particular non-ORDIT driving instructor training organisation alone trains around 10,000 people per year of which only 8% (800) go on to qualify and many of those only do so because they take additional or top-up training from an ORDIT registered trainer.  It is estimated that of the 3,000 or so who do qualify each year about 80% would have had some form of training from a DSA ORDIT qualified organisation.

To be included on ORDIT a training organisation has to agree to operate to professional standards and to only use properly qualified DSA ORDIT instructor trainers and approved training materials and methods.  To retain ORDIT qualification they are required to be inspected every two years and this inspection is a rigorous process carried out by the DSA.

Unfortunately ORDIT is still a voluntary scheme although it is hoped this will change in the near future.  To join the scheme does require an organisation to pay an annual membership fee (currently £117.50) plus a fee for each trainer inspected by the DSA every two years (of between £61 and £161 depending on numbers).  These are the only costs associated with being a member so it ridicules somewhat those non-ORDIT organisations that claim cost as being the reason they are not part of the scheme.

If an organisation is not on ORDIT it is nothing to do with cost.  It is because they do not want to be bound by the ORDIT code of practice which is designed to protect the public or because they do not want to employ the services of properly DSA ORDIT qualified trainers.  This is likely to be because their trainers are unable to reach the high standards required to qualify as an approved trainer and the organisation is reluctant to spend money on improving their training standards.  You should be wary of these things when looking around for a training provider and not be sucked in by flashy websites, brochures or sales presentations that have nothing to do with the quality of training you will receive.


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#2 02-04-04 21:50:02

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Re: Why choose ORDIT

DSE wrote:

ORDIT was established by the DSA in an attempt to stop people wasting money on substandard training from companies or individuals with appalling training standards and pass rates.  Insufficient people are qualifying due to the standard of some training being offered and many major driving schools are being starved of new recruits as a result.  In addition to protecting the public against substandard training, ORDIT also protects against misleading marketing and other unethical business practice.  Members failing to maintain the required standard may be removed or compelled to resign.

Despite the fact that the number of people setting out on the road to become a driving instructor every year has recently doubled to around 18,000 the number who actually qualify has remained consistent at around 3,000 per year.  This number is not enough to satisfy demand and as a result the ADI register has fallen from around 33,000 in 1999 to around 30,000 because the industry is losing more instructors through natural wastage than is qualifying through the entry examination process.

One case study showed that a particular non-ORDIT driving instructor training organisation alone trains around 10,000 people per year of which only 8% (800) go on to qualify and many of those only do so because they take additional or top-up training from an ORDIT registered trainer.  It is estimated that of the 3,000 or so who do qualify each year about 80% would have had some form of training from a DSA ORDIT qualified organisation.

To be included on ORDIT a training organisation has to agree to operate to professional standards and to only use properly qualified DSA ORDIT instructor trainers and approved training materials and methods.  To retain ORDIT qualification they are required to be inspected every two years and this inspection is a rigorous process carried out by the DSA.

Unfortunately ORDIT is still a voluntary scheme although it is hoped this will change in the near future.  To join the scheme does require an organisation to pay an annual membership fee (currently £117.50) plus a fee for each trainer inspected by the DSA every two years (of between £61 and £161 depending on numbers).  These are the only costs associated with being a member so it ridicules somewhat those non-ORDIT organisations that claim cost as being the reason they are not part of the scheme.

If an organisation is not on ORDIT it is nothing to do with cost.  It is because they do not want to be bound by the ORDIT code of practice which is designed to protect the public or because they do not want to employ the services of properly DSA ORDIT qualified trainers.  This is likely to be because their trainers are unable to reach the high standards required to qualify as an approved trainer and the organisation is reluctant to spend money on improving their training standards.  You should be wary of these things when looking around for a training provider and not be sucked in by flashy websites, brochures or sales presentations that have nothing to do with the quality of training you will receive.

I couldn't agree more with what you say. I run a small ORDIT registered company in SE London and I am inundated with PDI's who have been robbed by these companies. Most have failed two part 3's and are desperate for help and sadly some haven't got a clue what the meaning of core competencies are!! They are given very little training material and most have had their ADI21T's signed off with hardly any in car training done at all. One told me that he sat around a table for 5 hours with ten others and his "trainer" signed his ADI21T for forty hours!!
The trouble is that the DSA are making bundles of cash out of it all and are quite frankly quite happy to let it go on, I can't see ORDIT ever being made mandatory.

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