Steve has been writing on this site for 10 years now and has in the past written on many subjects. He now concentrates on helping people.
Are you looking for a career change?
If you’re looking for a career change which allows you to take back control of your work/life balance you can do worse than training to become a Driving Instructor. Do you dream about firing your boss or having your own business ? This could be the answer if you've thought about having a business but not sure what type of business would suit you.
Who can do this ?
To be brutally honest not everyone is cut out to be a Driving Instructor. This is one of the reasons why many start the training process but never see it through to the end leaving them not knowing if they would ever have made it to becoming a driving instructor.
After I qualified there were many occasions where I had to pinch myself at the thought that I had made it all the way through and was now in control of my daily work schedule in a business of my very own.
If you're hard working, honest and approachable with a good attitude you are part of the way there. Free of criminal convictions and a good driving record will also help towards becoming a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor.
Why not you ?
This is exactly what ran through my mind as I worked through all the pros and cons of taking the plunge. There is absolutely no reason why anyone can't or shouldn't do this but it is helpful to enjoy driving and meeting people. Your own personal driving ability should be to a high standard but part of the training will help you to understand what the criteria is to be able to pass the exam of driving ability but also to help you understand the standard required of your learners.
Benefits of being an instructor
Think about why becoming a Driving Instructor could be the right move for you and see the benefits. The benefits will be different for every person but broadly speaking the list provided will make sense to most and provide good enough reasons why it would be a good move for many people.
- A career path and progression
- No 2 days the same / variety
- Helping people
- Creating safe drivers
- Helping towards road safety
- Your very own business
- Income in line with effort put in
- No boss
- Holidays when you want
- Days off when you want
- Full - time or Part - time
- Working outdoors
- Control of your prices and earnings
Here are just a few of the benefits that applied to me when I decided to train. It would be a good idea for you to add your own so that you can make an informed decision and to work out WHY it would suit you.
Will I make a good living?
A valid question in my opinion. I thought the same when I began my training. My trainer convinced me because he was constantly telling me how he was turning work away and that it would be the same for me when I qualify.
How much can I earn ?
Another valid question. It all depends how much you need to earn. As well as this it depends how many hours per week you’re prepared to work in your own business.
As one of the benefits above suggests that you can charge what you like for your driving lessons. It will depend on local competition, your uniqueness and what you believe you are worth. So long as you give good value for money nobody will ever complain.
Why is now the best time to train?
There has never been a better time to start training to become a Driving Instructor. Due to the pandemic many older instructors have left the industry early whilst many instructors have been forced to look elsewhere for employment. Some who managed to get full-time jobs have stayed in employment.
There is now massive demand for lessons and not enough instructors to service the demand. It has been reported that Covid caused there to be a backlog of 1.2 million driving tests after the 3rd lockdown in the UK. A further 750.000 teenagers turned 17 and are now looking for driving lessons. This has always been the case pre - covid so there is no reason why this won't be the case in the future. For the last 5 years numbers of Driving Instructors coming into the industry has fallen.
Why is this a good thing ?
Having a profitable business is often about supply and demand where pricing is concerned. Being able to charge premium prices is good for you and the quality of training that is provided as a result. Prices are currently going up due to the pent up demand but also as a result driving instructors and driving schools are looking at more ways to increase their value for money they are providing in their training. Many instructors, me included have sought training themselves during the lockdowns so that when restrictions are over they have increased their value in the industry allowing them to charge more for the services they now provide.
It can’t be that difficult can it ?
You might be surprised to know that it isn’t easy to get through the qualifying exams and 70% of people who start don’t see the course through. For some it’s a culture shock when they realize how hard you have to work to succeed at the exams. For many it is a case of not having the stamina and resilence to see the job through. If you like to finish what you start and have a can do attitude then I would encourage you to work and study hard so that in a few short months you will be in a position to take advantage of all those benefits we talked about earlier in the article.
Where do I start looking for training?
I always think the best way is to speak to people already in the business and ask for their help. No matter where you reside in the UK you should take advantage of a FREE no obligation consultation with a trainer if you're serious about becoming a Driving Instructor. Contacting a trainer will put you in touch with a wider network of Instructors and trainers who work independently in your area of the country. There are many training establishments out there so my advice is to do your research and look for one which will give good value for money and provide you with a bespoke course which takes your needs into account.
Are you ready ?
If you can appreciate the benefits of being a Driving Instructor and you have done your research I would encourage you to take more information from someone who is currently in the Driver Training Industry and is active.
If you want to learn more about becoming a Driving Instructor just Google search for Driving schools in your area who specialise in Instructor training.
Don't hang around waiting for perfect conditions. There will never be a better time. Get your training booked while training companies have the capacity. Leaving it too long will mean less chance of finding a trainer in your area.
The cost of training may not be as costly as you might think. What you should remember though is that you are investing in your future so view the cost as an investment in you.
Good luck with your new career.
This could be you
Steve Mitchell is an Approved Driving Instructor / Instructor Trainer in the UK. He runs his own Driver Training business which not only trains learner drivers but also trains potential driving instructors just starting out in the industry.
He has spent many years teaching the drivers and Instructors of tomorrow and has success in both areas. He is also on the Fleet register of Driving Instructors and is qualified to teach experienced drivers on road for companies who require Fleet solutions.
As well as being experienced in the fields mentioned he also specializes in teaching people with disabilities alongside the charity in the UK known as Motability.
You could be doing the same in the near future so good luck and go for it. You will never look back if you do. The training you receive will put you on a path which could lead you to a career of continuous professional development.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Steve Mitchell