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.
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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The main reason I chose LDC was because they had the complete package. A comprehensive training course and I knew I had a guaranteed position on their franchise with the option of a car.
I enjoyed my training and thought the training aids were excellent. After being made redundant it felt great when I qualified and got my ADI licence. From the very beginning LDC’s support is second to none and I really like the way the LDC franchise is set up. LDC advertise me as an instructor not just LDC as a brand. I run my own diary and I choose the postcode areas that I work in. I have my name and telephone number on my car and they provided me with a private website, Facebook and Google business account. I am not very technical but appreciate and understand how important the digital world is for my business. No other franchise can compete with LDC's in weekly cost or value for money.
I'm doing a job I love and every morning when I see my name on my driving school car I am so proud of my business - I can’t think of a more rewarding career.
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I trained with LDC and have been operating on a franchise for over 2 years, which helped me to become established, and to fill my diary quicker than if I had been independent.
After looking at several training companies LDC's training seem to best suite my needs. From day 1 I realised that the training was designed to help you pass part 3 and not just the individual stages. Part 1 was a long period as I was working full time and taking 2 young children to and from school, so I was able to really go at my own pace. Part 2 training was excellent and prepared me well to be able to pass 1st time and with only 3 minors.
Part 3 is where LDC come into their own the training was intense but exceptionally well delivered and tailored to suite me as an individual, not one size fits all. It gave me the knowledge and confidence to take the test and be successful at the 1st attempt.
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