The Learner Driving Centre (LDC) is a family run business set up in 1987 and now operates a nationwide network of over 500 LDC driving schools. Paul McArdle is the Founder and Managing Director of the Company, pictured here with other Head Office team members.
Over 30 years experience in the business
LDC was first established in 1987 and now operates one of the most successful national driving school networks in the UK. Unlike AA/BSM and Red we are not owned by a large financial conglomerate. We are owned and managed by people who take a pride in what they do and have a genuine passion for the business. Our aim is not to be the biggest but rather the best. Below is Bob Morton the Training Director on the left greeting Paul McArdle the Managing Director of the company on the right.
No other driver training organisation has a business and training package to rival the quality and professionalism of LDC driving schools. It is this quality and professionalism that has generated, and continues to help generate the success of each driving instructor in the LDC driving schools network. You could be part of that success and share in the rewards that come from serving the needs of customers at the top end of the driver training market.
In the beginning (1987) we followed the standard ‘big brother’ driving school franchise model where the instructor is virtually anonymous, highly controlled, very dependent and in our view, overcharged. However, we quickly realised this was no way to run a QUALITY driving school and have instead chosen to make the instructor very visible and prominent in every aspect of what we do – an approach centred on them with their name being prominent and their voice being heard. The first and only ‘client centred’ franchise.
The reason why LDC driving schools has continued to grow and prosper while others (BSM, Red driving school plus several of the lesser known driving schools such as Bill Plant, Drive Dynamics, Blink and Lets Drive) have gone bust in recent times leaving millions of pounds worth of debts is down to the type of business savvy, quality conscious people we attract and what our Franchise has to offer.
Proven track record of success
LDC have successfully trained hundreds of people to become qualified driving instructors over the last 30 years. Few competitors, if any, can match our record of success or our reputation within the industry for providing top quality driving instructor training. During this period we have seen many driving instructor training providers fall by the wayside leaving thousands of students without the instructor training they had bought. Companies such as Red, Lets Drive, Blink, Drive Dynamics, Bill Plant and so on. Few companies within our industry are as financially robust or as successful as LDC.
Winners of the Training School of the Year Award
LDC are proud to announce we have won the first ever Training School of the year award at the prestigious DIA (Driving Instructors Association) annual conference. The award was presented by Gareth Llewellyn the CEO of the DVSA on 15th December 2016 at DIAs annual conference. The award recognises the outstanding quality of the training we provide to people wanting to become driving instructors, those learning to drive, instructors operating an LDC driving school franchise and ADIs wanting to improve their skills as voted by their members and verified by an expert panel.
If you would like a Free information pack on becoming a driving instructor with LDC call our head office on free phone 0800 197 0010 or 01977 691800 or click on request a free information pack. Our office hours are Monday to Thursday 8am – 6pm, Friday 8am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 12pm.