A bit of history about LDC driving schools
Learner Driving Centre (LDC) was first established in 1987 and was later acquired by Teaching Driving Limited in
1991. At the start LDC operated in a similar manner to BSM with high street shops (see photo of a typical LDC shop)
with instructors being charged a high weekly fee making it difficult for them to earn a high income or being fully
committed to the cause of providing quality tuition. This approach was seriously flawed so Teaching Driving Limited
went about developing a whole new LDC driving school package for it's franchised driving instructors.
LDC was the first (if not still the only) driving school to develop a sophisticated student (client) centred training
system for learner drivers, incorporating a programme of carefully planned driving lessons with clear targets,
modern teaching methods and innovative home study training materials (i.e. the LDC video series and accompanying
workbook). When effectively applied by skilled instructors these resources resulted in learners making far more
rapid progress and passing the test in far fewer driving lessons.
Whilst this new approach proved very popular with the public at the time, many of the existing instructors did not
like the system because it made it easy for learners (and/or indeed parents) to see what had been covered and what
remained outstanding. They also didn't like the potential reduction in the number of driving lessons needed to
pass the driving test. It soon became clear we would need to train a new breed of instructor who believed in
offering quality and was willing to put their clients first rather than those instructors who appeared only to be
interested in what they considered to be best for them. As a result LDC decided to invest in the recruitment and
development of new instructors from scratch, to overcome this early set back.
Those instructors who do no share LDC's 'quality, customer first' ethos are eventually found out and
encouraged to leave the franchise network to join the mass ranks of independent instructors where they can do as
they please. Sadly we have found the number of instructors who are willing to put the customer first, take pride in
the quality of service they provide and continually strive to be the best they can be are few and far between. Which
is why despite successfully training thousands of people to become driving instructors over the last 30 years we
only operate a few hundred at anyone time.
LDC has carefully grown its business over the past 30 years, making sure it can properly support the instructors it
has before adding any more and not being frightened to let go of those instructors who do not want to operate to
these high standards. The end result is a network of quality franchised driving schools each owned by a professional
driving instructor dedicated to providing excellence of service. Our goal has never been to be the largest driving
school network or indeed the most profitable but rather the best with a genuinely friendly family feel to it.
Companies like Red, BSM and Bill Plant have all gone bust in recent years needing to be bailed out by others only
interested in the return they can get while LDC has continued to remain robust and faithful to its orginal goal.
Nobody has invested more and nobody can match our record of success, both in terms of getting people qualified as
driving instructors in the first instance or in ensuring they have a successful career thereafter.
From my initial contact with LDC everyone was friendly and appeared genuinely interested in my enquiries. The training resources and support were good, and the price competitive. I was able to progress at a pace comfortable for me, carrying on a part-time job, and so no feeling of pressure. Using the student's internet forum I was able to learn a lot from others, and realise that I was not alone in my highs and lows. Support and leads from LDC whilst on a trainee licence, and the free additional training I received, gave me valuable experience and confidence to approach the final hurdle, the Part 3 test, feeling prepared for the antics of the examiner!
Having received LDC's support in training, I chose to stay with the franchise and having looked elsewhere and chatted to other instructors I appreciate that it is a very flexible arrangement for a reasonable monthly fee. I can do my own thing and generate my own pupils, but support is there when I need it. The pupils like the system of tuition with the books and DVDs, and I like to have my own choice of car but with the eye catching logos which get me noticed on the street. I can see that without LDC it could be very lonely out there!
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I had thought about being a driving Instructor for many years but always a little scared to take that step. Eventually I decided I was going to make the move and so started to look into the options. I found many websites of companies that would train you but it wasn't until I came across LDC website that I felt they put all the facts there for you to read. To me it seemed that they where very much motivated to get you through all your exams and not just to take your money.
I then continued to follow the path of LDC and started to do my training with them. Throughout the whole time there was always someone who could answer your questions and a brilliant forum where you can discuss questions with fellow trainee's and instructors. I have now qualified as an ADI and because I was so impressed with the training I received I decided to continue with the LDC franchise.
LDC have helped me achieve my goal and in the process made it very enjoyable. I would fully recommend LDC to anyone interested in becoming a driving instructor.
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When I decided to train as a driving instructor, I wanted the support of a friendly company which offered flexibility and who would be understanding of my needs. I didn't want to train with either of the two largest companies as I felt I would just be another faceless number. There was another company advertising in the press and on the television at that time. I discounted them as they came across as desperate to recruit trainees. After research, I was aware that their main business was that of recruiting trainees.
I saw an LDC car in my locality and thought I would carry out research on them as I had never heard of the organisation before. I began to see more LDC cars in the area that I lived. I was impressed with the website and decided to book an appointment to find out more. After a session with their representative, I decided that this was the company for me.
I was impressed with the way training was organised and the study material (both printed manuals and DVDs) provided. I found that support was always available from the friendly team at head office. The training department was with me the whole way and the training and support given by them and my allocated tutor was fantastic. I was able to train at my own pace and fit it around my existing commitments. With all this help I was successful in obtaining my green badge. The franchise is quite flexible too as I am able to recruit my own pupils and also obtain pupils from head office. I have recommended (and will carry on recommending) prospective driving instructors to "my" company.
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