Success Stories

Meet Peter
LDC Driving Instructor Peter

I trained independently with The Instructor College (Red Driving School) to qualify as an ADI. Although I had enough help to get through Part 1 and Part 2, I felt the help I got there was inadequate for my Part 3 and I failed it twice. Over 2 years had elapsed since starting my course with Red. I felt I needed more experience and further help so I turned to LDC. I qualified and recently was awarded a Grade 5 in my first ADI check test, which I was very proud of. I owe LDC a big thank you for all their help, support and belief in me. Thank You LDC.

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Meet Tim
LDC Driving Instructor Tim

The best thing I ever did was choose to become a driving instructor and to choose LDC for my training.

Once I had decided to become a driving instructor I looked at a few different schools for training including BSM, Let's Drive (now The Instructor College Direct / Red Driving School) and others and what stood out about LDC was the emphasis on the quality of training for both instructors and learners, particularly the LD System. The franchise package seemed fairer than most on offer too. Once I started the training I found the quality of training and backup exceeded expectations at all stages and was motivating.

I have been with the LDC franchise now for about 14 months and find that it works well for me. I have found all the staff I have had to deal with very friendly and helpful making me feel part of the 'family' this has been the case in all departments.

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Meet John
LDC Driving Instructor John

I contacted The Instructor College (Red Driving School) and paid £4,500 to complete their residential course. I proceeded to pass my part 1 and part 2. The standard of training for my part 3 was in my opinion very poor from the college. I was not given a clear understanding of the test and I found each trainer had different opinions on how to carry out the PST's. Confusing I must say! After failing my first and second attempts I called the college for further training, however, I was very disappointed with the availability of further tuition. I felt unsupported and confused which resulted in me coming to the conclusion that the College did not deliver on the crucial final stage to becoming an ADI. Nearly 18 months had elapsed since starting my course with Red.

Fortunately there was light at the end of the tunnel! I was recommended to contact Pat Firth at LDC who became my saviour. Pat gave me the correct understanding of the part 3 examination in no uncertain terms. I passed my part 3. After discussions with Pat I was very impressed with the support given to pupils with LDC. The training literature provided to compliment the practical lessons from LDC was in my opinion exceptional. I am pleased and proud to say that I joined LDC.

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Trainee Licence Scheme

Once you have passed the first two parts of the Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) qualification process, have found a genuine driving school to sponsor you and have undertaken a minimum of 40 hours of Part 3 training (of which a minimum of 10 hours must be in-car training) you can apply for a trainee licence to help you gain experience instructing pupils to drive.

A trainee licence allows you to be legally paid for giving driving instruction, but should not be regarded as a sole means of making a living or as an alternative to registration as an ADI. The trainee licence lasts only six months and normally only one is granted in the two year qualifying period. Please note the Trainee Licence automatically terminates should you fail a third attempt at Part 3. Under certain exceptional circumstances it is possible to have the licence extended beyond the six months period if you can show through no fault of your own that you have not been able to fully utilise the license.

To obtain a trainee licence you have to be sponsored by, and work with, an established driving school such as LDC. Please note not every driving school supports the trainee licence scheme, for example, this option is not available with the AA driving school. Also be aware that some schools charge a much higher weekly franchise if you join them on a trainee licence. This is not the case with LDC. For each trainee sponsored, the school has to have a fully qualified driving instructor operating with them. Each trainee licence holder also has to receive an extra 20 hours of Part 3 training (of which a minimum of 5 hours must be in-car training on either a 1-to-1 or 2-to-1 basis) within the first three months of the licence or prior to taking their first attempt at Part 3 whilst on a trainee licence if sooner.

Because LDC's instructor training course is so comprehensive it is not essential to have a licence in order to prepare for the part three examination, but it is an option that is available to assist in preparing for the examination.

Unlike some driving schools, at LDC, trainee driving instructors are treated exactly the same as fully qualified driving instructors and are not charged extra or receive less for the services they provide to the public. However, it is not uncommon for LDC trainee driving instructors to give pupils a little extra lesson time to reflect the fact that they are still learning the job or to offer special introductory discounts for lessons. Any such actions are solely at the discretion of the trainee driving instructor.

Conditions of a trainee licence
The conditions under which a licence is granted by the DSA are:

You must also abide by one of the following conditions:

Condition 1

Condition 2

Displaying the trainee licence
When instruction is being given the licence must be displayed in the bottom left hand corner of the front windscreen. The use of the licence is your own responsibility. No refunds will be given for any period when the licence is not used.

If you cannot make full use of your licence and you have to stop giving tuition, return it to the issuing office immediately. If your trainee licence is lost or stolen you should report it to the police and to the DSA straight away.