Working as a Driving Instructor

 
Once you have qualified, you have the security of our ‘Placement Guarantee’ to guarantee a franchised position – if you wish to take one up.
 
As you approach the end of your Part 3 Training, we pass your details on to approximately 30 Driving Schools, from the larger national types like BSM, The AA, Around The Bend, RED etc… to the well known local schools unique to your area.
 
This then allows us to discuss all of your options with you, and help you choose the best way forward for you.

Choices

 
You have so many options open to you, but below we give examples of the 3 options many new ADIs take.
 
We also give you some ‘pros and cons’ of each, but these are just example – we can discuss this in more detail with you when we speak.
 

1 - Franchise

 
Popular for many new ADIs.

The idea of a ‘full franchise’ like this is that you use an established National or Local Driving School’s brand and name to help you build your own reputation. You pay a cut of your earnings in return for the car, marketing, support etc..

They may already have pupils ready to teach and may well need you in their area.
 

Weekly Figures

Income From Pupils
Based on 40 hours x £24.00 per hour £960
x52 weeks = £49920

Costs

Franchise Fee
(car/pupils/insurance/road tax/accountant etc..) £185 – (Average Cost)
Fuel £100
Income Tax & NI £70

Take Home

Income (Less Costs) £605
x52 Weeks = £31,460

 

Pros:

  • Using a well established National or Local Driving School’s brand and name allows you build your own reputation.
  • Excellent incentives like cash back deals for loyalty, fuel cards, mobiles, accountancy service can save you time and effort sourcing your own.
  • Call centre, trained sales staff and regional management support are all designed to let you focus on the job.

Cons:

  • You may well be ‘tied in’ for the duration of a contract and cannot leave if service is not good.
  • Can be expensive.

 

2 - 'Headboard or Associate' with a school

 This method gives you the best of both worlds between a ‘Full franchise’ and your ‘Own school’ – but you source your car.
 

Weekly Figures

Income From Pupils
Based on 40 hours x £24.00 per hour £960
x52 weeks = £49,920

Costs

Car
(Insurance / Road Tax etc.)
£59
Franchise Fee
(Pupils / Marketing / Accountant etc.)
£90 (Average Cost)
Fuel £100
Income Tax & NI £70

Take Home

Take Home
Income (Less Costs) £641
x52 weeks = £33,332

 

Pros:

  • Using a well established National or Local Driving School’s brand and name allows you build your own reputation.
  • Sourcing your on car allows for choice (5-doors for example) and is cheaper.
  • Call centre, trained sales staff and regional management support are all designed to let you focus on the job.
  • More freedom to do what you want.

Cons:

  • You may well be ‘tied in’ for the duration of a contract and cannot leave if service is not good.
  • Some schools limit the choice of car.

 

3 - Own School

 
Most instructors build toward this. Once your reputation is established, you can run your own business; your name, your school and all your money.
 

Weekly Figures

Income From Pupils
Based on 40 hours x £24.00 per hour £960
x52 weeks = £49,920

Costs

Costs
Car
(insurance / road tax)
£59
Expenses
(adverts/business cards / etc..)
£10 (Average Cost)
Fuel £100
Income Tax & NI £70

Take Home

Take Home
Income (Less Costs) £721
x52 weeks = £37,492

 

Pros:

  • Recommendations and word of mouth are great tools- pupils and parents like to deal with a ‘local name and face’.
  • More control over your diary, what you charge and how you work.
  • You keep more of you earnings.
  • You are free to take on different types of work and develop you career beyond learners.
  • Exceptional deals on cars, insurance, accounting services etc can really keep outgoings to a minimum.
  • You are the boss!

Cons:

  • You are the boss, so the buck stops with you.
  • You don’t work, you don’t earn.
  • Life can be lonely. Join ADI groups etc.
  • Sourcing all the tools you need can be time consuming.

Your future

 
OK, so you are doing the job of your dreams; earning a good living and enjoying the benefits you came to this job for…. But what next?
 
In much the same way that passing the ‘L’ driving test is the point at which ‘real’ learning to drive starts, qualifying as an instructor marks the beginning of your journey towards ‘driving instruction excellence’.
 
With an estimated 10,000 hours required to gain real expertise in any subject you will need help and support after you qualify in order to operate a successful and rewarding business. 10,000 hours takes around eight years and that’s the kind of experience that the top earners need.
 
SmartDriving can continue to assist you as your driving instructor career develops with ever developing projects and publications..
And of course – there is the SmartDriving Membership Service which continues to offer valuable help and advice to all instructors and drivers. SmartDriving members benefit from a weekly news e-mails and weekly training and business information ensuring that they get ahead and stay ahead.
 

SmartDriving Instructor Training

 
For those who train with us, we offer a range of career support which includes classroom courses on business skills, coaching techniques and more. Driving instructor training isn’t all we do. In fact, this is the smallest part of our company.
 
Our students are not tied in to any specific school on a rigid contract – you can choose to join an school you wish or alternatively we can help you to find a position with one of our partner schools.
Many training schools forget you once you have qualified – we believe that this is bad for you and also demonstrated poor business practice on their part.
 
The iCoursePro and SmartDriving are part of the watch-learn-drive group and is operated by driver training professionals who have a sound knowledge of how successful business works – we realise that success is meant to be shared! It is in our interests to build a lifelong working relationship with our clients – but more importantly, we believe that we can add value to your business with the training and expertise that we have gained. Expertise that developed some of the first fully structured instructor training in the UK over 30 years ago…
 

Continuing Development

 
SmartDriving is also able to offer specific Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses to help ensure that your tuition offers the best value and to ease any worries you might have about the regular Check-Test or other (future) DVSA requirements.
 
However your career progresses, be it with learners, taxi training, fleet training, lorry or bus training, SAFED (Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving) training, skip pan or track training or indeed any other area of the business we look forward to helping you on your road to success.
 

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