A Great Career – Train as a Driving Instructor
Many people are attracted to a career as a Driving Instructor by promises of a comfortable income, flexible hours and an apparently easy lifestyle. There are many benefits in becoming a Driving Instructor, but it’s not all plain sailing! Of those people who start out to become an Instructor probably only one in ten make it as far as passing the Third and Final Exam! Some people fail the exams, find it too hard, change their minds or other factors have intervened. Everyone likes to think they will pass but there are no guarantees. Then when you’ve qualified, although most Instructors are busy at the moment, there are no guarantees that this will always be the case. In the 90’s many good Instructors went out of business because there simply wasn’t enough work to go round. Earnings …
Driving Instructor Earnings
What about the potential earnings? Well you need to remember that most Instructors, even those working for big Driving Schools like BSM or the AA, are self-employed and have to pay a franchise fee. You need to budget for the fact that you will get no holiday pay, sick pay or pension scheme and will need to make provision for these out of your earnings. Also you need to check whether the potential earnings are for the number of hours worked or number of lessons. If it is for say 40 one-hour lessons, you need to add in approximately 10 minutes travelling time between lessons ie another 6½ hours and then time for admin, book-keeping, phone calls, car maintenance etc. 40 lessons can easily add up to 50 hours of actual work time per week.
The rewards are there for those who are willing to be adaptable and work hard.
How do you get trained? There are many training providers around. Don’t just go to the one offering the highest potential earnings or the biggest adverts but look carefully at their training packages. What is the total cost. What support do you get? Is there a cap on the number of hours available for Part 3 training? Can you speak to people who’ve been through their training programme? Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get the whole story! There are a number of driving instructor forums where qualified instructors will give you their views on training with The Instructor College or BSM and whether they live up to their claims. For instance you will want to know – it’s all very well having a guaranteed job but will you really get enough work?
The DVSA runs a register of approved Instructor Trainers called ORDIT.
Sometimes training costs may be subsidised if you take out a traineee licence as a franchisee.
Normal training costs for all 3 parts will be from £1,000 to £3000