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#1 Friday 23rd June 2006 17:06:08


Clent school of motoring (West Midlands and Worcestershire)

Clent school of motoring Tel: 01562 883905

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Friday 23rd June 2006 17:06:08

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Re: Clent school of motoring (West Midlands and Worcestershire)

#2 Saturday 28th April 2007 17:04:59


Re: Clent school of motoring (West Midlands and Worcestershire)

I trained with this company for my part 2 and some of the part 3. I wouldn't really describe them as a company - just 3 guys in different areas. It was a simple pay-as-you-go plan, which I favoured over the upfront charges. They also offered a local, personalised service which I also favoured.

I ended up paying way too much for the part 2 lessons, some of which was partly my fault, because I didn't get enough practice in on my own. Looking back I could have had a quarter of the lessons and then done most of the practice myself. I can't really judge the quality of training, since I had nothing else to compare it to.  I'm certain I could have passed my part 2 a lot sooner, as my trainer recommended using the first attempt as a "toe in the water", as it were.

On to part 3. This is where I felt my trainer really lacked experience, and to be honest, I was glad to come away from him in the end. There didn't seem to be any real attempt at a structured training syllabus, it definitely seemed "on the hoof" to me, and, at times, I felt he was struggling as much as I was.  In fact, I remember a time when we actually had a pretty serious argument because I questioned some of his methods, which was, in my view, unprofessional at best. It's easy to be critical with hindsight, but it seems obvious to me now that I was used as a guinea pig, as I believe I was the first PDI to train with them.

Towards the end of my time with CSM, I was running low on money, and morale, and ceased taking lessons with them. Overall, I would say my experience with them left me with a slightly bitter taste about the whole industry.

I suppose the moral of my story is a simple one - the importance of carrying out thorough research regarding training.

Since then, I've probably learned more from Brian Stratton's blueprints and my own painstaking research, and I feel much more positive regarding my future prospects.

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