Future prospects with LDC
Once qualified, nobody in the driver training industry can offer you better opportunities for career advancement than LDC. Once you have got some miles under your wheels as a LDC instructor, you can upgrade your skills further and command a higher hourly income. And as the LDC instructor network expands, openings arise in management and tutor training. Where possible, we like to recruit from within the network.
This is an exciting time to be entering the driver training industry. The standard of training that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency requires of driving instructors is rising steadily. The sophisticated European approach to driver training (i.e. off-road training centres and compulsory professional training) is beginning to be taken seriously in the UK. Those driving instructors who are leading the industry by the most modern methods at the top end of the market will thrive whilst those stuck in the past will fall by the wayside.
In addition to being an accredited DVSA ORDIT/Fleet training centre LDC is also operates an accredited Edexcel and ILM training centre offering the following nationally recognised qualifications on the Governments Qualification Credit Framework (QCFs). Therefore if you are interested in becoming an approved ORDIT trainer, fleet trainer, teacher or assessor these are additional qualifications that can be obtained through us once you become a qualified driving instructor.
LDC are accredited to deliver the Edexcel qualifications in preparing to teach in the lifelong (16+) sector (PTLLS) and Assessor qualifications as well as the level 1 award and certificate in safe driving and functional skills. These qualifications will become more and more important as the DVSA continue to push towards the vocational qualification route for driving instructors, driving instructor trainers and learner drivers alike.
The suite of qualifications we can deliver are as follows:
Edexcel Award in understanding the principles and practices of assessment
Edexcel Award in assessing competence in the work environment
Edexcel Award in assessing vocationally related achievement
Edexcel Certificate in assessing vocational achievement
Edexcel Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector level 3/4
Edexcel level 1 Award in WorkSkills
Edexcel level 2 Award in WorkSkills
Edexcel level 3 Award in WorkSkills (Coaching, mentoring and feedback)
Edexcel level 1 Certificate in WorkSkills
Edexcel level 2 Certificate in WorkSkills
Edexcel level 3 Certificate in WorkSkills
Edexcel level 1 Diploma in WorkSkills
Edexcel level 2 Diploma in WorkSkills
Edexcel Level 1 Award in Safe Road Skills and Attitudes
Edexcel Level 1 Certificate in Safe Road Skills and Attitudes
Edexcel Functional Skills in Mathemetics, Entry levels 1,2,3 and levels 1 and 2
Edexcel Functional Skills in English, Entry levels 1,2,3 and levels 1 and 2
Edexcel Functional Skills in ICT, Entry levels 1,2,3 and levels 1 and 2
LDC is an accredited centre able to deliver the Institute of leadership and management (ILM) qualification in Coaching (Award and Certificate) and their Enterprise suite (Award and Certificate).
The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) is the UK's largest awarding organisation for qualifications in leadership, management, coaching and enterprise. ILM qualifications are unit based providing a firm grounding in core management skills and specialist management areas like project management.
Our suite of qualifications through ILM are:
ILM Level 2 Award in Enterprise
ILM Level 2 Certificate in Enterprise
ILM Level 3 Award in coaching
ILM Level 3 Certificate in coaching
There are three mandatory units in the coaching qualification, which you can take as either an Award or a Certificate. ‘Understanding good practice in workplace coaching’ covers the role of coaching, basic coaching processes and the abilities and qualities you need to be a good coach. ‘Reflecting on workplace coaching skills’ will give you the tools to analyse and improve your own performance as a coach. ‘Undertaking coaching in the workplace’ requires you to plan and carry out at least six hours of coaching, with supervision and support. At Certificate level, this unit is replaced by ‘Undertaking an extended period of coaching in the workplace’, which requires at least 36 hours of coaching for a deeper level of skill and experience.
This Coaching Qualification will give you a deeper understanding of the practices and principles of workplace coaching and will result in a recognised qualification which sits on the Qualifications credit framework (QCF) and is not a "customised" qualification recognised only by the company who delivered it!
The Enterprise qualification (available as Award or Certificate) is designed to help you develop an understanding of setting up your own business (or learning to develop an existing business). On the practical side, this will help you understand the various options available for starting and running a business, the benefits and risks, and sources of advice and support. It will also help you prepare for the personal challenge. Examine your own motivations and your expectations about becoming an entrepreneur, to decide whether this is really for you. Review the skills and qualities you need, and create an action plan to improve your skills and knowledge as you prepare to launch your start-up.
And where do you find these leading instructors? Working with LDC, of course.