Armed Forces resettlement reviews
Learner Driving Centre (LDC) is an ELCas (Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme) training provider (number 3393). You can use your ELCAS credits to become a driving instructor using our standard course option. Visit Cost of training for more details.
We decided to become an ELC provider because of the many positive attributes former Armed Forces personnel have to offer. In our experience they are not only ideal candidates for the way we train they also make model driving instructors. Over the last 20 years we have helped many former members of the Armed Forces achieve both fruitful and successful driving instructor careers. However, don't take our word for it, see what others say:
Out of 125 evaluation forms returned to the MoD by those who trained to become driving instructors with LDC we scored on average of 94% (100% = perfect) – nobody can match our record of success.
LDC Driving Instructor Course Testimony Karl Oliver
After serving for almost 27 years in the Royal Navy, I decided it was time for a career change. Having tried a couple of occupations post leaving, nothing really seemed what I had in mind, however, I’d always had the aspiration to become a Driving Instructor. The desire to develop and mentor, whilst working for myself at the timings of my choosing was an attraction, and ultimately became the catalyst for me to pursue this avenue.
With this in mind, I conducted some research and found that the LDC were supportive of the Armed Forces resettlement programme, and they provided a course that could be subsidised utilising the ELCAS grant. I enrolled in the course at the beginning of 2020, and was provided with comprehensive course materials, both online and in folder and book format, all of this contained everything for the course, and the online learning package is excellent. Within just over a month, I had passed my Part 1 theory test, and was now ready for the challenge of Part 2. I was assigned an ORDIT instructor and mentor, who was extremely supportive of my training and weekend availability, and finally after months of postponed tests, I passed my Part 2 in August 2020 at first attempt.
As we entered the final phase, working with my instructor for the initial lessons, I opted for the teach for free route, teaching pupils in my own time around a full time job. My instructor would observe these lessons as part of my training and development requirement, and constructively give me feedback on how I could further hone my skills. I would then consider these points and work to improve them prior to his next lesson, this was a hugely beneficial process for me.
With the need for innovation during a difficult year, throughout the course, the LDC also provided informative and useful online Zoom workshops, which again were proven to be invaluable. Again, after several re-scheduled tests, I finally sat my Part 3 exam in May 2021, and was fortunate to succeed at first attempt.
After a comprehensive 3 day induction of how to carry my business franchise forward, I now have my own car, with my own name on the side, which in turn promotes my business within the local area, this gives an overwhelming sense of pride and achievement. Having been convinced of its worth, the LD System and Student Training hub, along with the personal Web-Site provided, offers a substantial and beneficial package to fully support my business interests for the future.
With the structure of the LD system, and the steadfast support of the LDC community, this has unequivocally been instrumental in me now fulfilling a long time ambition. I have no doubt my success could not have been achieved, without the unwavering support of my mentor and the absolute sphere of LDC, of which to all, I am extremely thankful.
Visit my website: www.passwithkarl.co.uk
Phil Coleman - Served in the Army (Infantry) for 9 years
After leaving the Army in 2009 I found myself working as an Air Conditioning Engineer for a couple of years before going on to the Close Protection scene in Iraq. After doing this for 5 years I wanted to return to working in the UK, however also enjoy the freedom of being my own boss and working the hours that fit nicely with family life.
After plenty of research into becoming a driving instructor I chose to train with LDC. This decision was helped due to the fact that I could take advantage of my Enhanced Learning Credits to help with the cost, however this was not the sole reason. The level of support, training and opportunities that I felt were on offer were also key factors in my decision.
I was proven to have made the right choice. The support was there from first point of contact and continues to this day, having now been qualified for 7 months. The training was second to none. All the learning materials were provided from the start to enable you to learn at your own pace and the practical training was all done locally. The level of training was top notch, giving me all the information and tools to not just qualify as a ADI but have the confidence to get out there and teach learners a life skill, in some cases changing their lives in a big way. With all the great support and training from LDC I was able to pass my Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 exams first time.
Now 7 months into my new career, business is going great. My diary was full by week 3. This was done with the help of LDC-generated learners along with self-generated learners. The self-generated learners were gained with the advice and knowledge passed on by not only the LDC office staff, but also the larger LDC ADI community throughout the country via a closed group on social media constantly offering help, advice and tips. I am left to run my own business without being micromanaged however all the advice and help is there on the other end of the phone, drop of an email or through regular training days if you wish to attend. Not just for the teaching side of the job but running of the business too.
So if this is your chosen path, then I wouldn't hesitate to call the office and get the ball rolling. In fact I have recommended LDC recently to a good friend at the end of his 24 years service - something I wouldn't do lightly.
Visit my website: www.lessonswithphil.co.uk
David Brown - Served in the Royal Navy for 8 years
I loved my time in the Royal Navy, but after 8 years I needed a new challenge. I was unsure what to do and, if I was honest, a little nervous to be re-joining civilian life. I'd spent my Naval career in driving roles as I was an aircraft handler and had been based at a RNAS Culdrose fire station and the School of Flight Deck Operations. I gained my LGV licence whilst in the Navy and, having performed the role of a fire appliance driver, driving seemed like the obvious choice.
I'd looked at other driving schools but LDC was the only school who were an authorised resettlement provider and I can see why. The training was exceptional! I felt supported every step of the way, from the moment the box arrived with my training materials through my Part 1 training right through to Part 3 (a test of your instructional ability). I had a wonderful tutor and all of the staff at LDC make you feel welcome and are quick to answer any questions you might have. After I passed my exams and received my ADI licence, I decided to join the LDC franchise.
I have been a driving instructor for 3 years now and love it! I am always busy and feel that LDC helped me to re-integrate into civilian life and I would like to thank them. It can seem daunting leaving military service (I can't imagine how I would have felt if I had done 22 years) but with LDC you'll be in safe hands.
Visit my website: www.tuitionwithdavid.co.uk
Lucy Pask - Served in the Royal Navy for 22 years
After 22 years serving in the Royal Navy I was unsure about what I wanted to do afterwards. I did some initial research and saw an advert about becoming a driving instructor with LDC. After finding out I could use my ELCs to fund the training course I asked for one of their information packs. The information pack was very clear and descriptive and I decided to organise a meeting to meet their Regional Manager. During my one to one meeting I got all of my questions answered and found out how the ELC claim system works. One thing that really stood out for me was that LDC were able to meet me locally and I was not harassed about making a decision, I received all the information and took my own time in making an informed decision.
I like being my own boss, this career works around my family life and I am operating a very successful LDC driving school. I get a lot of enquiries through my LDC website and the phone is always ringing, I am so busy that I have started a waiting list.
I joined LDC back in 2011 and I have taken my career to the next step and I am now a fully ORDIT qualified trainer, so I can now train people to become driving instructors. I can not thank LDC enough for all the training and support they provide me. The team at LDC are very friendly and I know if I have even the smallest query they are just at the end of the phone.
Visit my website: www.passwithlucy.co.uk
Terry Pegg - Served for 24 years in the Royal Army Medical Corp as a Combat Medical Technician
Why did I choose LDC over the other driving schools? I will start by saying I had no idea what I was going to do beyond the military as I didn't really excel at any real particular role. Why not join the ambulance service I hear you say as that was part of my training during my military service?
To be honest I didn't fancy having my life controlled by another organisation. I wanted control over my own life, so I began to look for alternative careers while on resettlement. I came across a page with jobs as driving instructors and I thought that's what I could do as I did very well at driving in the Army and I classed myself as a safe driver.
I have always wanted to make a difference in the world. I was not a high ranking officer or a celebrity so I didn't have the high profile start but I knew I could make my mark in society helping people to gain a life skill for the future.
I have noticed generally that the standard of driving has deteriorated over the last few years on the road. I thought I could help by making the future drivers safer. I didn't want to make the wrong choice so I contacted four of the main driving schools. The response I received from 3 of the schools was pushy and I didn't have a good feeling about them. They didn't inspire confidence in me. Only 1 of the 4 schools stood out. LDC.
LDC came across as professional and friendly and they didn't try to force me into making a rushed decision. The girls in the office were friendly and enthusiastic and they answered every question I asked. After my initial contact with LDC I knew that this was the Organisation I wanted to be associated with. I received a welcome pack within a few days and the next chapter in my life had begun. From that moment I was 100% focused.
The training pack arrived and I was amazed at what was required to become a Driving instructor. At first I thought this was going to be easy but I was wrong. The journey was hard work at times but so rewarding when I achieved the results after each stage.
The support I had from the Training Department at LDC was first class. Bob Clark was assigned as my Tutor and I can’t thank him enough. Bob certainly put me through my paces during my part 2 & 3 modules. His experience and knowledge throughout the role play ensured I was fully prepared for every scenario I would encounter in the future.
I now have a full diary every week and the support of a small team of instructors in my area. We have regular informal meetings to discuss new procedures and legislative changes etc. It's like a family similar to the military but without the pressure.
If you want to be your own boss, manage your own diary, have a car personalised to you with a direct contact number and web address and have the support of a franchise for very little a week then LDC is the company for you. Give them a call and enjoy the same rewarding future that I now have.
Visit my website: www.passwithterry.co.uk
Steve Wilcox - Served in the RAF for 3 years
Being in the RAF even for a short time taught me the value of effective structured well documented training and it was the attention to detail in both the LD system for learners and the training material for the ADI training that was a major factor in choosing LDC.
Another feature that attracted me to LDC was the personalisation of the driving school. The fact that I have my own name and number on the car and also a personalised website is very attractive. At the time I felt it would help me to establish my own name for a few years and then I could go independent more easily. However the effectiveness of the website and the support I have received has made the monthly franchise cost worth paying and so I'm still here 6 years on!
I'm now one of the LDC Tutors teaching people to become ADI’s. Many of them are ex, and serving military personnel and the question I always ask is why did you choose LDC? Most say they liked the way the people they dealt with were helpful but not pushy, nothing worse than a salesman trying to close a deal without listening to his customers!
The LDC community is growing fast in the area I live, a name that is well recognised in the North of England is becoming more and more popular in the South, from 4 only a few years ago we have 10 now and we try to meet up regularly for a chat and support.
Visit my website: www.trainingwithsteve.co.uk
David Mitchell - Served in the British Army for 18 years
During my time in the services I worked within many different departments including first aid, resources and recruitment. I was a recruit trainer for many years and I found this stage of my military career very rewarding and satisfying. The skills I had developed would lead me to my future career. After serious consideration and a meeting with a career's advisor she suggested I train to be a driving instructor.
I originally went to one of the better known national driving schools and spoke to their regional manager but wasn't very happy with their hard pressure selling techniques. I then noticed an advert for LDC in the local newspaper and even from the first phone call I was impressed with their professionalism and more relaxed selling approach, I didn't feel pressured to make a decision, I instantly felt at ease.
I am so happy that I made the decision to go with LDC, my tutor was excellent and I was happy with the concise structure of the training course which enabled me to successfully pass each part of the official examination necessary to become a driving instructor.
The support to get my LDC driving school up and running was also great and I now have a very successful business. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions of my life and I genuinely look forward to going to work each day.
Another thing that I like about LDC is the unique LD System for learners where they can watch the DVD at home and use the workbook which reduces chat time in the car and can make the lessons more practical.
I would recommend LDC to anyone looking to train as a driving instructor, or for anyone looking to join the franchise, regardless of where they did their training.
Visit my website: www.courseswithdavid.co.uk
Paul Smith - Served in the British Army for 23 years
I spent the first career of my working life (23 years) in the Armed Forces reaching the rank of WO2 (QMSI).
When I left the Army I didn't come across LDC and went to another major national driving school. The training given was not very good but due to my own personal efforts I did manage to pass.
Having qualified I decided that I wanted to "work with a company" and not "work for a company" as seems to be the case with many of the other major national driving schools!
Fortunately by this time I knew about LDC. There were many things that steered me towards LDC; the fact that you decide on what car to use was one of them. Another was that during my military career I realised that structure and planning is vital when doing anything. LDC's lesson style and their associated Training Aids impressed me and it takes something exceptional to do that - I am not easily impressed!
The support I received to get my LDC driving school up and running was excellent and I now have a very successful business. I clearly made the correct choice as I am now in my fourth year with LDC and find this new career path invigorating and exceptionally rewarding. LDC is there for me when I need advice and support; however they allow you to run your business your way.
Would I recommend LDC to anyone looking to train as an ADI or to "work with them?" I guess the answer to that after 4 years is yes on both accounts!
Visit my website: www.passinspalding.co.uk
Chris Amor - Served in the Royal Navy for 22 years
I have been a Driving Instructor with LDC for 12 months after serving 22 years in the Royal Navy. When I knew that I was leaving the services I had a tough decision to make about what to do on my release. I didn’t want a job where I was answering to someone, so decided to become self employed, being a Franchised Driving Instructor allowed this, with help only being a phone call or email away.
It was time to become qualified but unfortunately LDC wasn’t on the ELC scheme but was looking to join the scheme, and it was my pleasure to be part of getting them onto it. LDC provides nationwide instructor trainers, which meant that my training could take place in my hometown. The LDC learning programme involving course books and videos are superb, helping towards the tests that I needed to undertake. My instructor trainer or the training department quickly dealt with any problems I encountered. All the tuition I received was of a very high standard helping me to get ready for each part of the ADI examination, which is why I think I passed first time. Once qualified I had no hesitation in deciding to join LDC, the support they had given me over the months of my training just told me they were the company I wanted to work with. I did an acquaint course giving me an insight of what to expect, how to promote myself and how they promoted me as well as other helpful information. I am now on the road and getting regular work by myself but still have the booking office to fall back on. One of the biggest decisions on leaving the forces was made so much easier by joining LDC and I certainly have no regrets and would highly recommend them to any one who was interested in becoming a driving instructor.
Visit my website: www.courseswithchris.co.uk
Karen Dufty - Served in the British Army for 6 years
Prior to becoming a driving instructor I was a Physical Training Instructor in the British Army for 6 years then served nearly 20 years with the Police.
I did lots of research in to different driving instructor training providers before I chose LDC and I’m happy that I did. I passed my Part 1 and Part 2 exams at my first attempt but failed my first attempt at Part 3. With LDC’s support I decided to go onto a trainee license, join the LDC franchise and rent a car from their sister company Business Car Rentals. LDC gave me additional remedial training free of charge, this training and the real-life experience I gained from teaching learners on a Trainee License helped me immensely and I successfully passed my Part 3 exam. After getting my green badge I decided to continue with the LDC franchise, and I enjoyed driving my Vauxhall Corsa rental car so much, I had to go out and buy my own!
I’m happy being a driving instructor because I am my own boss, I enjoy teaching and I have a great business of which I am very proud. Becoming a driving instructor was a natural career path for me to take following the training I received during my Military and Police career. If you are considering becoming a driving instructor I would say go for it, it's a very rewarding career.
Andy Lane - Served in the British Army for 9 years
I was in the Royal Corps of Transport and training always played a big part in my career in the forces so it was only natural that I would find a career that involved training and meeting new people.
After seeing different adverts in my local newspaper I decided to call the different companies offering instructor training and find out how it works. I am so glad that I did my research as it enabled me to disregard companies straight away who had a bad reputation and were offering packages that were too good to be true!
Even though LDC was at the time a fairly unknown driving school I couldn't fault them and after I qualified I became an LDC driving school operator. Since then I have never looked back, every day is different and there is nothing better than seeing a student pass their driving test, that is the ultimate job satisfaction.
If you are serious about becoming a driving instructor and want a company you can trust look no further.
John Taylor served in the Royal Air Force for 27yrs
I was a Mechanical Transport Driver in the Royal Air Force for 27yrs an extremely diverse trade which included transportation of freight all across Europe and Asia in support of Operations and exercises, refuelling of all types of military aircraft then progressing through fleet management and driver training which I enjoyed immensely. I also delivered militarisation training to new officer recruits which I found extremely rewarding. Ultimately this is why I ventured down the path of a driving instructor so that I could coach and mentor new students in becoming competent drivers.
I chose LDC to assist me through the course and from the very first correspondence I felt at ease. The information that is available to you is vast and the training aids you receive are of very good quality, this ensured that I had a good understanding of what was required to pass all three tests and further to that, it improved my knowledge of student centred learning.
If you are leaving the Forces and looking at becoming a driving instructor, I had the pleasure of utilising two extremely competent, utterly professional and supremely passionate LDC Instructor Trainers. Each instructor delivered the training in a very structured programme which I felt was an easy way to learn. This assisted my development and helped me pass all three parts at the first attempt and with good grades in 4 months. I would definitely recommend LDC to anyone looking to train as a driving instructor.
Dave Rushton - Served in the British Army for 25 years and joined LDC in 2007
I started in the Army as an Apprentice Chef in 1966 and during the next 25 years I served in many different locations round the world cooking in the main Kitchens, Officers Messes, and even in a Generals Household.
After a number of civilian jobs I felt I needed a job that would allow me to use the skills I had developed in the Army. I had self discipline, I could teach, I got on well with people, I wanted to be my own boss and I could drive to a reasonable standard. The answer was simple; the problem was how to go about it. After looking at several training options and the franchises the one that really stood out was LDC.
The initial interview went well and I felt that this was a good team to be in, everything was explained and I didn't feel that I was being pressured into something I didn't really want.
The training began and I was able to go at my own pace, if I had any problems there was always a friendly voice at the end of the phone and you felt like you were being invited in for a quick cup of tea while the problem was being sorted.
The practical training started and while I will say it was not easy, it was interesting and certainly very informative.
On completing the training and passing the required exams then came the part of setting up your own business. LDC carried out the job they promised and I now have a successful business with all the support I need.
Unlike many of the competitors LDC actively encourage you to generate your own business and let you get the benefits. The LD System is about getting the people to do the practical part of the driving while they are with you, and for them to do the studying while they are at home. Less of the boring chats in the car, more of the interesting practical part.
I would recommend LDC to anyone looking for a new career as a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor.
Henry Sams - Served in the British Army for 23 years
I started my military career at the tender age of 16 with the All Arms Junior Leaders Regiment in N.Wales following in my fathers foot steps who was also a military man. I became a military Police man and have served all over the world.
Following a bad experience with another driving school and while trying to qualify I acquired a copy of LDCs training videos which I found a big help. I later approached LDC to join their franchise back in 2004.
Since then I have never looked back and I am very happy. I have a great little business doing a job I really like. Support is always at hand and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to any service personnel looking to find a decent company to work with when they are ready to leave the forces.
Ken Bertram - Served in the British Army for 14 years
I was in the Royal Core Signals based In Germany, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar. After leaving the forces I had done other jobs but I didn't get the fulfilment and satisfaction that I craved. After seeing various adverts from driving schools offering instructor training I was intrigued to find out how it worked.
It surprised me how different each company operated and after looking through all the literature and speaking to office staff it became clear to me which company I wanted to choose to train with. LDC's service was very friendly and punctual; no matter how many questions I had there was always someone on hand to speak and that made me realise that LDC were interested in my future career rather than just my course fee. Other companies were no where near as helpful or understanding as LDC.
LDC has helped me to develop my training skills further and I am now a fully qualified tutor able to train people to become driving instructors.
Over the last 10 years I have seen LDC grow and grow and my weekly franchise fee is a small price to pay for the benefits I receive. The main reasons I enjoy this career are that I am my own boss but I have the backing and support of a successful national driving school, I control my diary and the career suits my lifestyle and personality.
I would recommend this career for anyone who is looking for a flexible and rewarding career.
Andy Waters - Served in the Royal Air Force for 36 years
My Royal Air Force took me far and wide around the world and continually challenged me both mentally and physically. When I left the service at age 55 I still felt I had more to offer so was not quite ready to retire!! It was a difficult decision trying to find a second career that would provide me with the same challenges and job satisfaction and I explored many options in a number of work environments. All I knew was that I had a real inclination toward being self-employed.
During my service I worked in the training environment in a number of roles from delivery through to training development. My final 5 years were spent working with new entrants to the Royal Air Force training to become Logisticians. So analyzing my existing skill sets and attempting to satisfy my wish to become self-employed I eventually narrowed my list down to the Driving Instructing sector. Not an obvious choice at first but the more I looked into the work the more transferrable skills I identified. It also promised to provide me with the flexibility to organize my own work diary and provide that all important job satisfaction.
Working with my Regional Resettlement Centre I was given the details of LDC who were strong supporters of Service Leavers and appeared on the Resettlement ‘Approved Training Providers’ list. From my first tentative phone call enquiry to LDC through to my 3 day induction I was massively impressed, especially as a former trainer with the level of support and the excellent training materials provided. In particular I was impressed with the quality of the training materials and the excellent use of training media including You Tube and Face Book. Regular phone calls enquiring how I was doing with the training and rapid responses and feedback to any work I submitted to the LDC training department. Following my induction and ultimately Part 3 completion the standard and level of support continued to impress and to this day all the team at LDC have been exceptional. I have no hesitation in recommending LDC to any service leaver and have recently been delighted to see one of my good friends who I served with also sign up to LDC on my recommendation !!
David Hope - Served in the Army Air Corps for 25 years
Upon completion of a successful and enjoyable 25 year career in the Army Air Corps, culminating in becoming the Corps Regimental Sergeant Major, I realised that I had spent a substantial percentage of my career in training, and had learned how to work with and train people of all ages and from different backgrounds.
I was like many that leave the forces in that I was initially unsure what to do next. I saw an advert for LDC in one of the re-settlement magazines and realized that not only would my experience from my military career give me a good start as a Driving Instructor but a career with LDC would also give me the flexibility, independence and reward that I was looking for.
I completed my training using my re-settlement grant and enhanced learning credits. The course structure and the teaching material LDC provide is first rate and not too dissimilar to how I had taught in the military. Both my tutor and the training staff at LDC were thoroughly professional and supportive every step of the way.
Since qualifying as an ADI my business has gone from strength to strength, again with the full intimate support of LDC when I needed it. With LDC I now feel I have a good balance of independence and support from a company that seems to embrace similar values and standards to those I was used to in the military. I can honestly say I am proud to drive around in an LDC car and I feel that using the LD system of teaching gives me the professional edge over other driving schools and instructors.
If you are interested in a career as a Driving Instructor then I would wholeheartedly recommend that you come and train and work with the best and become one of the LDC family!
Visit my website: www.learningwithdavid.co.uk
Kirstie Kingston - Served in the British Army for 15 years and joined LDC in 2020
I enlisted in September 2005 into the Royal Corps of Signals into the Trade of what is now known as Communications Systems Operator and left April 2020. After Basic Training and Trade Training I went onto my first Field Army Posting to Germany. I completed my first Tour of Duty to Iraq in 2008. With the withdrawal of the Army from Germany my next postings were Catterick, Aldershot, Bulford, York and my last post was back to Bulford and within these posts have been to various places some good some not so good. As well has having my daughter in 2015 so a small break from the Service. With my Husband also serving at the time we always knew we wanted to settle our daughter and not keep moving her education due to our postings. During my first stint to Bulford the opportunity came up to become a DMI - Driver Maintenance Instructor - on the AFV 430 series Bulldog which I relished. I then got into more instructor / coaching courses and qualified as an Op Escalin Instructor - the Army's instructors to train soldiers to drive and handle Fuel Tankers incase of any strikes, and I also became a DGSDCI Instructor - teaching all 'the green' vehicles that the Unit holds.
So with this in mind my next logical step was to become a Driving Instructor - so I could be the mum on the school runs as well as hold down a job with the hours that I was able to choose. I looked into how I could achieve this on Resettlement and the possibility of using my Enhanced Learning Credits to get my goal achieved. I noticed that LDC was an approved training provider and enquired about how it all works. I spoke with Gemma a few times and then met her at one of the Pathfinder events in Southampton as well as a local instructor which was fab. Everything got explained and all questions I had were answered. One thing that did surprise me was that only a quarter of driving instructors in the UK are female and because of this small number there is a real shortage of female instructors. It sounded a bit too good to be true if I'm honest but I proceeded with my Resettlement Officer to get my Enhanced Learning Credits approved. The next thing I was receiving my big boxes of goodies July 19 - all my training folders I would need to pass - now everything began to feel real I was going to pursue a new career! I passed my Part One (theory) on summer leave August 19. I then managed a week at Head Office in the October fitting in a couple of days in the classroom based workshop meeting like minded people like me who were changing or starting a new adventure. I also managed to meet my Instructor Trainer who took me through my Part Two (my driving ability test) - which I passed first time. I then went back to Head Office in the January for the Franchise Business Induction to become one of the 'family'.
I started teaching in my Learner Car 10th Feb 2020. I was so nervous about having my own students but soon settled into it knowing all I had to do was pick up the phone to Head Office or my Instructor Trainer Paul and I had help on hand with an array of knowledge and experience. My Part Three (my ability to instruct) was originally April 20 but got cancelled due to lockdown and the pandemic. I worried and stressed over the predicament I was in and discussed with my husband if I had done the right thing about becoming self employed during the lockdown and should I get a new job?! But decided I had to give this adventure a try. My test kept getting pushed back but finally it happened 28th Sept 2020 and again I passed first time. I am now a fully qualified Driving Instructor - crazy times. LDC and everyone I've met are just great and I know that I can always call on someone if I need to. Whether that is to ask questions about lessons, about students who struggle or about the IT side of things - someone is always happy to help. I know I made the right decision and I'm happy and proud to be part of the LDC family. I even have a waiting list of students which can't be bad!!
Visit my website: www.passwithkirstie.co.uk
Carl ‘Smuff’ Smith - Served in the British Army for 25 years and joined LDC in 2020
I served in the Army for 25 years and when the time had come for me to hang up my boots and look for another career, it was a hard decision to make but I had to make sure it was the right one.
I started my career in the 1st BN Green Howards in 1995 (now 2 YORKS) and transferred across into the AGC (MPS) in 2011 to specialize in Captured Persons (CPERS). This is where I was introduced to coaching and instructing and I found out I really enjoyed this aspect of my work. I obtained several instructor qualifications under my belt and knew I wanted to continue on this path in the future.
In 2015 (5 years left to my endex date) I was posted to Defence Policing and Guarding (DSPG) at Southwick Park near Portsmouth, within the Training Wing Dept under Tactical Training. DSPG is a TRI service establishment for Military Police, this included Phase 2 recruits to newly commissioned officers, Phase 3 Trained students and all Command Leadership Management (CLM) courses. Whilst at DSPG I deicide to gain more qualifications in coaching, my end date was on the horizon but still didn't know what area or work I wanted to go into upon leaving the Army.
From the time JPA told me I was within my last 2 years and could start looking for my Resettlement course time flew by and before I knew it I was in my last year. I now started to feel a little pressure; I needed to get my admin in order and my endex date was looming. I knew I wanted to go into Coaching or teaching but didn't fancy being a school teacher. I saw an advert in the Pathfinder magazine, saw the LDC logo and the picture of the driving school car and the penny dropped and I thought I will become a Driving Instructor (ADI).
I knew I had distinctive mannerisms and had confidence when speaking and coaching. My peers and Chain of Command always praised me for my style of coaching with my relaxed attitude and knowing how to get the best out of my students. With these transferable skills I had made my decision and becoming a Driving instructor for me was the natural progression. From my first phone call with LDC they were friendly and informative. Before I signed up to the training course one of their Regional Managers’ took the time to meet me and explained everything to me about the training, career and potential earnings.
Unfortunately my journey for this new career took longer than expected due to the Covid-19 implications but I am pleased to say that on the 27th October 2020 I became a fully qualified instructor. Every step of my Journey LDC had my back and they couldn't have offered any more help to me, every department within LDC were fully supportive. My LDC colleagues locally are a blessing and during my training they allowed me to sit in the back whilst delivering lessons to students. LDC may be a national Company but they have a strong family feel, nothing is too much trouble and help is always available from the Owner right down through to the admin team and I am ever so grateful and I love working with LDC.
I cannot thank LDC enough for all their Support, guidance, knowledge and assistance to get me through my Journey of becoming an ADI. I am happy to report that I have a thriving business charging a premium hourly rate for lessons and operating a waiting list. I am looking forward to have many years working with LDC.
Visit my website: www.drivewithcarl.co.uk
Graeme Winspears - Served in the British Army for 25 years and joined LDC in 2019
I joined the Army back in 1995 and had a great 25-year career, leaving in March 2020. I initially joined Royal Logistic Corp as a Driver, and then re-traded as a driver-air dispatcher 3 years later. Having a Career that involved vehicles and aircraft I wanted somehow to continue down this avenue. When resettlement was looming, I needed to make a decision quickly and I knew a few people leaving had trained to become driving instructors. One was training with LDC and I asked for advice. Upon seeing the training material, that really made my mind up. The material is second to none and in my opinion the best out there, this showed during my training and I passed all of my qualifying exams first time. I met another trainee in my area who was training with another school and after showing them my training materials they agreed.
I have done a bit of coaching within the Army on some Military vehicles and I realised that I liked passing my knowledge on. That is why I thought driving instruction would be suitable for me and decided that is what I wanted to do. I have always had an interest in road safety and believe becoming an ADI could help make a difference within the community. Other deciding factor for me was because I could set my own diary and be my own boss.
Whilst doing my research I found out that the national pass rate for the final exam was only 35%, however in LDC's information brochure it stated that their pass rate was 89%. I was a little worried at first, but it has worked out great for me. LDC provided me with my own website and other advertising platforms to get me up and running and from day one of joining the LDC franchise clients came in straight away. It did not take me long to get my diary full.
Working with LDC is great; it's like having an extension of my immediate family. They are a great bunch of people. We have a great support network within LDC, at Head office and throughout the national social network of other instructors. I can call anyone at LDC, and they will help. You can call at any time and they will get it sorted very quickly.
I would recommend anyone going through resettlement who is interested in training to become a driving instructor to absolutely look at LDC. For a low weekly franchise fee LDC provide all the service, support, and all the business tools to run a successful driving school business. My initial thought was to start off as a franchisee then go out on my own, but now after being on the team for nearly a year there is no need to do that, LDC provide everything for me.
Visit my website: www.lessonswithgraeme.co.uk
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