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#1 Wednesday 8th January 2014 23:06:39

pikecatcher
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Registered: Wednesday 8th January 2014
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FREE TRAINING?

Hi all I am looking at becoming an instructor. There are lots of driving schools offering to help.......it seems to be a minefield. Some are "free" some lend you the cost of the training......so what is best? Do you go with a "big name" or not? Any advice welcome. yikes

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Wednesday 8th January 2014 23:06:39

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#2 Thursday 9th January 2014 00:13:30

CantThinkofaName
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Registered: Sunday 1st January 2012
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Re: FREE TRAINING?

First thing you should do is have a look here:

http://www.squidoo.com/driving_instructors

I believe it is written by a member of this forum and points out some of the realities and might also help with your question. Personally I went with an independent trainer and am glad I did, it meant I could PAYG. That way if you don't like the training or the trainer you move on and don't lose a fortune. Be very careful about handing over large sums of money or taking out a loan through them, you may find yourself tied to an unfair contract and getting little in return.

Things like Part 1 can be done by yourself without having to pay someone to help you, even a lot of the part 2 can be self taught and there is a wealth of help and information available, not least of which is on this forum. When I was training I used http://blainewalsh.co.uk/ quite a bit, haven't looked at it for quite a while but I'm sure still helpful.

Last edited by CantThinkofaName (Thursday 9th January 2014 00:18:05)


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#3 Thursday 9th January 2014 09:16:17

martin Williams
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Registered: Friday 26th June 2009
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Re: FREE TRAINING?

Nothing is free.

Allow 3000 and up to 12 months for your training. If you have anything left over you can use it for your start up costs if you are qualify that is.

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#4 Thursday 9th January 2014 10:28:44

Roadmaster
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Re: FREE TRAINING?

I think Martin is being optimistic at 3 grand. 

Don't pay large amounts up front.  Do part 1 yourself, you don't need any training (if you do you really aren't going to become an ADI) and train with a good local trainer who runs their own driving school  rather than one of the national  money grabbing companies who are solely in existence to con people out of their savings.

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#5 Thursday 9th January 2014 17:11:11

sofasurfer
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Registered: Tuesday 30th July 2013
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Re: FREE TRAINING?

A national school like BSM or the AA will give you a franchise and some help with running a business. An independent trainer may cost less but they won't provide work for you once you are qualified.

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