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#1 19-04-04 12:23:10

Matt
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Hi! I'm new to this site so first off a big hello to you all!  big_smile

I'm just posting to pick your knowledge at the moment to see if anyone can help me out with a few questions. First a bit of background, I'm male (the name gives it away!  tongue ) from the North East of England who has been a self confessed car nut for all of my life and would love to make a living doing something I have both a passion and an interest in. I'm proud that I can honestly say that job satisfaction is more important to me than financial motivation. I consider myself a good and proper person who is reasonably educated (13 GCSE's and 2 A-levels). Basically I'd love to train up to be a driving instructor, however there is one thing that i believe may be standing in my way, if you havn't allready guessed then here it is, I'm young!! I'm 21 years of age (22 this september), is this a stumbling block for me?? To be honest I've never seen any instructors in there early 20's, do courses have specific requirements when it comes to age?? Also is there a "unwritten rule" about age in the industry?? I can see that being young may put off potential customers, for example is a learner driver in her mid 30's really going to respect someone in his early 20's. I have held my full license for just over 3.5 years now aswell as completing a Pass Plus course. Not being big headed here but I feel I am a good safe driver and would love a career where I could pass on my knowledge with a passion on to new drivers and I can imagine the satisfaction gained from knowing you taught someone to drive (not just to pass a test!) is amazingly rewarding!

Can anyone give me any oppinions or advice on the subject??
Anything would be really helpfull.  big_smile

Hope to speak to you all soon!

Matt

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#2 19-04-04 13:40:11

Natalie
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Hi Matt

First off hello.  This site is a great place to ask questions I have found it invaluable so far.

I am 25 years old and have just applied to take my part one exam to become a driving instructor.

As far as I am aware there are no age limits to the job as long as you have been driving for over 3.5 years you are well enough qualified to do the course.  If I am wrong there will be someone correct me.

If you are willing to do the hours and feel the way you do about the job which to me sounds like you are dead ready for it then go for it. and good luck.

Keep us up to date.

Nats  smile

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#3 19-04-04 13:49:10

Gizmotime
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Hi Matt

Welcome first off.

Then as Natalie says,there is NO age limit to the job,if there was I would be snookered as I have just applied as well.

Best of luck with it and please let us know how you get on.

Regards Giz smile

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#4 19-04-04 14:16:43

Matt
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Thanks people for clearing that up.  big_smile  I know it's probably been done to death a million times before but, Whats the best way of getting into training?? Like whats the actual process from saying "Hey I wanna do this!" to the actually doing it for real. Whats it like realistically, costs etc.... Can anyone recommend any good sites or literature to check out. I'm very interested and serious about this line of work, I'm not sure if I could do it straight away but in the next few years I'd like to think I'd be doing it. I'm currently working as an engineer, it's an ok job but totally unsatisfying, i like working with people and giving them something positive. I've not long been engaged to my girlfriend and receantly a good friend lost his life so it's got me thinking about the future and what I want to do. I like the idea of teaching people to drive so why not see if I can follow that path.  big_smile

Matt

PS If anyone is on MSN messenger then feel free to add me:

matthew_taylor_uk@hotmail.com


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#5 19-04-04 14:48:26

Natalie
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Matt

As I have just done this myself I can probably help.

First off I had a look at various sites, there are plenty to choose from believe me.  You can look at going with people like the AA or BSM there is also LDC (who have a great website with all info on at www.learnerdriving.com) or The Instructor College.

I personally chose the Instructor College but that is because I thought they would suit me better.  It is best to look around and see who offers what and what would be best for you.  That should keep you going for a while as there are a few about .  The cost is usually between £2,000 to £2,500.  The instructor college can do payments on a monthly basis which is helpful or you can pay in one lump sum.

Once you have chosen who you want to go with you just take it from there.

Hope this helps a bit anyway.

I am sure the others will be able to expand on this.  smile

Nats

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#6 19-04-04 15:05:53

Matt
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Thanks again, i'll check some places out  big_smile

Matt

#7 19-04-04 15:24:38

Midge
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I thought your driving licence had to be clean for at least 4 years out of the last six.   You are close, so start finding things out now but check before you do anything drastic.
Midge


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#8 19-04-04 17:24:15

Liesa
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Hi Matt

And welcome to the site!

You need to be over 21.

And you need to have no more than 5 points on your license.

You must have held a full unrestricted, Uk driving licence for 4 out of the past 6 years, prior to entering the register after qualifying!

Which is why it's advertised that, you must have held a licence for 3.5 years. That way by the time you've qualified, you should've been a full licence holder for 4 years.

Hope this helps!


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#9 19-04-04 19:15:59

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Hi Matt,
          Welcome and best wishes for the future if you decide to train as an ADI. Have a good look around the sites mentioned before parting with your cash.
I went the way of choosing one of the organisations mentioned but now that I have gone through that I would do it differently.
You can study and pass part 1 on your own no problem
Any local ADI with a good reputation should be able to get you up and running for part 2 ( u prob need to lots of private practise).
Then carefully choose an ADI trainer who specialises in Part 3.
Going this way will prob save u time and money.

ps  Got a mini matt ?

Gizmoretime,
                     Your not 21  smile

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#10 19-04-04 19:57:49

DSE
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Hi Matt

Welcome to the forum - I won't go over old ground because most points you raised have been answered above.  What I would say is that your young age should be looked on as a bonus rather than a hinderence.

Joining the industry at a young age will allow you to make a career out of it. I was 30 when I qualified and it is the best thing I ever did.

I notice you are based in the NE. I am based in Sunderland and am involved in ADI training (see our website for details).  If you would like to meet up for an informal chat over a coffee some time then give me a shout.

I'll add to you my msn messenger and look out for you on there, but continue to post on here to receive all sorts of valuable help and advice.

Good luck


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#11 19-04-04 23:11:47

Matt
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Thanks for all the replies people!! I now have a clearer head about things which is allways good, i definatly still fancy the idea of training up. Just spoken to my girlfriend about it and she reckons I'd be good at it as apparently I'm good at teaching things and don't get angry if it doesn't work out first time (i'm teaching her to play the drums!)

DSE: I'm from just down the road in Durham so may take you up on your offer sometime, thanks.

Rusty: I've got a REAL mini  tongue  It's my pride and joy (well sometimes!) Great cars for fun driving especially as i've dropped it to 10" wheels!!

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Matt


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#12 20-04-04 08:05:31

bigred
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Hi Matt,

From what I've seen and heard, D-S-E should be an excellent choice!

Good luck with the training.

Keep us posted,

Regards,

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#13 09-05-04 23:21:49

Matt
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Hi DSE, can I send you an e-mail with a few questions etc...??

Also, i'm now using my old MSN address now learn_to_hate_me@hotmail.com

Matt

#14 10-05-04 08:56:39

DSE
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Hi Matt

Of course you can - email anytime you like!

I've added you to my messenger list and will look out for you on-line.


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#15 10-05-04 08:58:40

DSE
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Matt

To contact me directly by email use:

DSEFleetTraining@aol.com

Look forward to hearing from you


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