I have been helping people become driving instructors since 2016 and passing on my knowledge and experience both as a driving instructor but also as a successful driving school franchise owner.
At my last standards check I was extremely lucky to score 47/51, only losing a few points off a full house. But had great feedback from the examiner and hopefully I have learnt where I went wrong. Lets hope the next one goes as well as any ADI will tell you, there are times when it can go the other way so easily.
Over the past few years Ive completed extra training to help keep me up to speed, but as Ive said i dont know everything and am always self reflecting on what Ive learnt and on what I know and share with my team of instructors and our trainiees. So far I've done the DVSA Fleet Exams and Ive attended Tri-Coaching Partnership - Train The Trainer course with Graham Hooper and Sara Everett-Skinner and am currently studying the Tri-Coaching BTEC 4. Ive also recently passed my Diamond Elite Car Test.
Back in 2009 when I finally qualified as an instructor, I soon found myself extremely busy and I think my personality and experience driving a bus all those years has helped me relate to pupils. I'm very big on customer service and feel it will be one of the biggest factors in your own success as a driving instructor.
Being so busy I found the need for an additional instructor to help me keep up with demand and thats when 2nd2None Driving School was born with just me and Gregory my very first PDI. Gregory is now an independent ADI working in bristol and is very succesful himself; we are still friends to this day. The driving school has had its setbacks but has soldiered on and now is at the regional scale thanks to the team of driving instructors we now have working with us.
Over the years we are always trying to find new ways to break the mold and now we actually can offer full-time employed positions as a driving instructor as well as franchised. The idea of the driving school is a driving school run for the benefit of the instructors that work with us, we like to hear ideas from our team on how we can make things work better for them, be it extra training or Standard Check training days at our head office in Dorset.