Reviews

Here are just a few of the hundreds of positive comments we have received about our instructor training course and franchise.

Phil Coleman – CH postcode

After plenty of research into becoming a driving instructor I chose to train with LDC. The level of support, training and opportunities that I felt were on offer were key factors in my decision.

I was proven to have made the right choice. The support was there from first point of contact and continues to this day, having now been qualified for 7 months. The training was second to none. All the learning materials were provided from the start to enable you to learn at your own pace and the practical training was all done locally. The level of training was top notch, giving me all the information and tools to not just qualify as a ADI but have the confidence to get out there and teach learners a life skill, in some cases changing their lives in a big way. With all the great support and training from LDC I was able to pass my Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 exams first time.

Now 7 months into my new career, business is going great. My diary was full by week 3. This was done with the help of LDC-generated learners along with self-generated learners. The self-generated learners were gained with the advice and knowledge passed on by not only the LDC office staff, but also the larger LDC ADI community throughout the country via a closed group on social media constantly offering help, advice and tips. I am left to run my own business without being micromanaged however all the advice and help is there on the other end of the phone, drop of an email or through regular training days if you wish to attend. Not just for the teaching side of the job but running of the business too.

So if this is your chosen path, then I wouldn’t hesitate to call the office and get the ball rolling. In fact I have recommended LDC recently to a good friend at the end of his 24 years service – something I wouldn’t do lightly.

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.lessonswithphil.co.uk

Mike Tough – AB postcode

MikeToughADI300“I chose LDC after looking at several companies that were offering driving instructor training in Aberdeen (AB postcode). I felt LDC were the right company because they never pushed me with a hard sales pitch. The other companies seemed to be more interested in just taking my money and were constantly on the phone trying to sign me up with one special offer after another.

After speaking to the local LDC area manager Bruce all my questions were answered. He explained what the training really entailed, he gave me good advice and told me to take a bit of time before making my decision. I knew at this point that LDC care about you as an individual and that is so important to me.

Once the training began I had all the help and support I needed to get me through the course, whether it be a phone call to the training department at head office or more practical help from my personal tutor here in Aberdeen. No matter what the query was help was always at hand. The course materials supplied are very detailed but laid out in such a way they are easy to use and the training DVD videos are very informative, giving you everything you need to know to pass each part of the ADI exam.

Now that I’ve qualified and my LDC driving school franchise has been up and running for over a year business is great. I like the way the website generates a great deal of interest as does the personalised logos on my car, they really stand out. I think that what sets LDC above other companies in selling our business along with their very high standards.”

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.passwithmike.co.uk

Gill Chrisholm – AB postcode

GillChisholm300“When I first thought about training to be a driving instructor, I spoke to an acquaintance who recommended LDC.

I was a bit daunted at first as a ‘mature student’ who had never been to college or done any home study before, but once I got into the course work it was fine. The training was very thorough and completely enjoyable, with a superb system of training, with lots of back up from my tutor when I was going through my ‘wobbly’ phases, with the result that I passed each part on my first attempt – phew!

The franchise is really well set up, with lots of backup there from a great team when I need it, but still with complete independence over how I run my LDC driving school business, and after just over a year, I can honestly say I can’t think of a better way to earn my living.”

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.passwithgill.co.uk

Trevor Pugh – IV postcode

TrevorPughDrivingInstructor300“After numerous years working for big companies and managing a large workforce I decided it was time for a change in career and environment. I previously spent a lot of time managing, tutoring, and instructing staff on work related training courses so I felt working as a self-employed driving instructor would fit in well with my previous experience. I have good people skills, and the ability to listen to staff as well as creating a good atmosphere to work in, ideal for one-to-one coaching. I decided to join LDC because it was the most appealing company to work alongside. The company allowed me to run my business the way that suits me.

LDC provided support for me from the start with the excellent open learning package, then providing an outstanding personal tutor for the practical parts of the course. The delivery of the service both theory and practical was superb. The business Induction course was also excellent, enabling me to operate my own business efficiently and effectively. LDC ensured that every part of the learning process met with their own high standards.

I opted to take up the franchise as I found that the website, office support team, materials, and technical support was the best way forward to operate a professional business. Referrals and ‘word of mouth’ has proven to be a big success since I started a few months ago. My lesson diary has continued to fill up and I now have a small waiting list.

Thank you LDC for your support throughout my training and currently as I build a successful business.

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.passwithtrev.co.uk

Candy Roberts – WR postcode

CandyRobertsADI300“From the moment I began my training with LDC, I was made to feel really welcome and valued as part of the LDC family; the staff at the Head Office could not be more friendly and supportive. I chose LDC because I was so impressed by their training materials, their internet presence and their whole approach to driver instruction. Becoming a qualified driving instructor was a challenge; when my progress through the qualifying exams took a set-back, LDC were amazing: encouraging and supporting me with remedial training to help me pass my Part 3 exam.

Having qualified as an Approved Driving instructor I was concerned about the logistics and implications of setting up my own business, but I need not have worried. I attended a 3 day induction course at Head Office which thoroughly prepared me for every aspect of running my own franchise. As I am not very IT-savvy, I was especially delighted by my website which LDC design and manage and have been encouraged to use my business Facebook and Google + accounts to promote my business.

During the induction, we were introduced to the LD system and shown how to deliver training to our students. The workbook and course materials are excellent: the lessons are carefully constructed with clear goals and targets to achieve. My students appreciate the sense of progress this gives them, and it makes lesson-planning much easier for me. I am good at working with people, putting them at their ease, so the student-centred approach of LDC really suits my style of teaching. The course materials are first-rate, and I know that my students really enjoy and appreciate them; they get such a sense of achievement crossing off completed targets at the end of each lesson and are always surprised by how much they have progressed!

I have been a qualified driving instructor now for 4 months, and am so happy and proud to have my own successful business. Above all however, even though it is my business, I know that I am not on my own; if I have any issues or problems I just pick up the phone and call LDC to be greeted with a friendly, ‘Hello Candy, what can I do for you today? How can I help you?’.”

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.passwithcandy.co.uk

Philip Padfield – S postcode

PhilipPadfield300“I joined LDC as a trainee instructor having taken most of my training with another training provider. I felt that my training up to that date had been inadequate and wasn’t sufficient to pass Part 3.

I wanted support and training from a driving school – more than just pupil supply. Most of the companies I spoke to stressed how they would provide me with a regular supply of pupils, but didn’t have much to offer in terms of helping me to build my business. LDC also had a greater emphasis on instructor support than the other companies. I was also attracted to the LDC workbook and DVD system as I felt that driver training should be structured with clear training materials for the pupils.

When I approached LDC, the people I spoke to were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful and so I decided to join. I was provided with a three day induction course that covered all the points I needed to get my business started along with my first real pupil. It was all a bit nerve racking!

The in car training that I did towards Part 3 with LDC was perfect, and for the first time I started to feel that passing the Part 3 would be achievable. The training was much simpler and clearer to what I had previously taken, and the trainer was very supportive of my lack of confidence in dealing with role play.

I’ve been with LDC for nearly 10 years now and have had a full diary for most of that time and so don’t need to stay with LDC as most of my work is now from personal recommendation. They have almost done their job too well! I stay however, because the support available is still important to me in the form of continual professional development and access to the LDC training materials that are such benefit to my pupils. LDC have researched student centred learning and developed an excellent training course, which has enabled me to incorporate these techniques into my teaching. They have also continually updated the training materials to reflect the changes in the driving training industry. The personalised websites are some of the best in the industry and provide a regular supply of enquiries.

To summarise, the team at head office are brilliant, the training materials and marketing support are second to none, and I still benefit from the ongoing instructor support and development. I feel proud to be part of the team.

Graham Lowe – TN postcode

GrahamLoweReview300“When I decided to become a driving instructor I did a lot of research into the different companies. What made me look more closely at LDC was how they trained learners as I felt the LD System made sense to me and was the way I would have liked to have been trained so felt I could sell the benefits to others. The instructor training course was based on the same principles and approach, the home study allowed me to prepare for my in car training sessions and therefore make the most of this valuable time.

Before starting to teach we had a 3 day induction course at the head office which was invaluable in how to run your business correctly and professionally, and how to make the most of the LD System.

I have now been with the franchise for over 7 years now and it works perfectly for me. It allows me the freedom to build up my own reputation whilst having the benefits of their marketing expertise, brand name and most importantly the LD System as my USP to help me stand out from the rest.

Not only can I use the LD workbooks and DVDs but I can also sell them at a good profit, especially as they give me 50 LD workbooks a year worth £750 as part of my franchise agreement!

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.skills4lifedrivingschool.co.uk

Jill Thomas – OX postcode

JillThomasDrivingInstrucorStudent300“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 the 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 LDC students 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 driving school 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.

Steve Wilcox – OX postcode

SteveWilcoxDrivingInstructor300“When I was looking for the right company to do my Instructor training with I was also looking for a franchise that would give me a professional image and provide good support to its franchisees and its students.

The main thing that attracted me to LDC was the personalisation of the driving school. The fact that I would have my own name and number on the car and also a personalised website was very attractive. At the time I felt it would help me to establish my own name for a few years and then I could go independent more easily. However the effectiveness of the website and the support I have received has made the monthly franchise cost worth paying and so I’m still here 5 years on!

Other key factors were the training materials provided for the learner, the LD System. This is an exceptional aid to training and coming from 30 years in business I realise the value of good course materials.

Instructor training
Again the materials provided for this were excellent and very extensive. I couldn’t believe the size and the weight of the package when it arrived. The one to one training regime was also another key element, many of the other schools were offering training on a two to one basis and that didn’t seem so appropriate to me.

Tuition Vehicles
Another factor that has been of value is the flexible approach to instructors cars, the cost of the BCR lease is keenly priced and the mileage is generous enough for my situation with a higher than average mileage, the discounts for outright purchase are also very helpful and the option for instructors to source their own cars is another big differentiation.”

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.trainingwithsteve.co.uk

Marie Haddon – WV postcode

Marie Haddon driving instructor training review“I joined LDC after doing a whole load of research into all the different companies offering all sorts of promises and I can honestly say it has been the best experience of my life.

I received up to date information week on week on how my course would run and there was no pressure to finish any of the modules within a certain time limit, after all I still had a full time job to do. My work was marked very efficiently. I was then told how to proceed. Help was always available either by phone or on the net via the LDC student driving instructor forum which is set up for all the trainees just like me all going through the same experiences, Its a great place to meet and chat to others doing the same thing all across the country.

I was allocated my very own personal tutor whose help was fantastic and he helped me to continue all the way through my course. I can now say with great pride that I am now a qualified advanced driving instructor and the rewards are fantastic.

Every day I drive on the roads with my pupils, displaying my LDC driving school logos and my name and I just want everyone to see its the best driving school in the country, because believe me Only the BEST will do for LDC.

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.passwithmarie.co.uk

Richard Benny – RG postcode

BennyADI300“After doing plenty of homework on the companies available, I chose LDC because the people seemed more interested in me rather than just being another number. The training programme and especially the training material helped me to pass my exams and qualify as an ADI.

After qualifying I opted to stay with LDC as the franchise package couldn’t be bettered..”

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me: www.drivewithrichard.co.uk

Ros Clemmans – EX postcode

RosClemmansDrivingInstructorStudent300V2“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 on the same course, and realise that I was not alone. 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 to become a driving instructor, 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.”

Gregory Worrell – MK postcode

GregoryWorrellADI300“I was first attracted to LDC from the informative website and the positive testimonials from LDC driving school instructors. My interview was relaxed and friendly. The ADI training and support has been excellent, and my local LDC tutor Richard was a first class trainer.

Having qualified I originally intended to join the company for one year before branching out as a private instructor. However, the company has been so affable and supportive that five years on I am still with them and for the foreseeable future. The franchise is unique in that the instructors’ contact details and my LDC driving school website are displayed on the vehicle as part of the standard franchise car livery. My pupils have found the LDC Driving Skills workbook, which is included as part of the franchise fee I pay, to be very useful.

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.passwithgreg.co.uk

Denise Adey – BN postcode

DeniseAdeyDrivingInstructorReviewSmall“When I decided I wanted to be a Driving Instructor I opted for LDC because right from the first interview I was made to feel welcome. Not only would I receive first class training but I could also become a franchisee in a nationally recognised network. Most of all, I wanted to be my own boss but at the same time have the backup of a successful team.

The learning materials provided by LDC were easy to use and, as a working mum, the flexibility of home study was ideal. The option of regular practical training sessions during Parts 2 and 3 fitted well with my other commitments and allowed me to prepare for lessons and consolidate on what I had learned. Extra in-car tuition was available when I needed it (for re-takes!) at no extra cost, making the training package very good value for money. Thank you LDC.”

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.trainwithdenise.co.uk

Steve Ford – TF postcode

SteveFordDrivingInstructorStudent300“When I had made the decision to become a driving instructor, like most people I looked into the various training options. LDC were the only training provider that seemed to consider whether I would be able to make it. The others seemed only interested in telling me how much money I could make and how their company could offer a discount off their fees. Only LDC offered a sensible and realistic approach to how long the training would take. I was given honest answers to all my questions.

The series of end of module tests made sure that I made progress towards my Theory test in such a way that, on the day of the test, I did not expect to do anything other than pass. In fact I actually felt disappointed not to have achieved 100% on Part 1, the materials and support were that good.

My personal tutor for Part 2 and Part 3 was also excellent. He made sure that everything we covered was not only done to the highest possible standard but that I understood the reasoning behind each module. Even now, some two years after passing part 3, whenever we speak on the telephone or meet up at the local test centre, he is still offering support and kind words.

The Induction Course was, as with all matters relating to LDC, of the highest quality. The Trainers, because they are ADI’s, were able to pass on their knowledge in a manner which was both informative and practical and it was nice to be able to put faces to the names.

I have been with the franchise for two years since passing Part 3. The materials provided to support me as an ADI, are second to none. The quality of the website is always commented upon by my learners.

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.passingwithsteve.co.uk

Clive Turner – SY postcode

CliveTurnerDrivingInstructorStudent300“I chose to do my driving instructor training with LDC because it was apparent to me that their programme is intended to prepare and assists you to become a successful instructor, with a viable business. It appeared that other providers were more focussed on making an income from their instructor training programme rather than facilitating an independent business plan for their potential franchisees.

LDC provided a comprehensive set of training materials, but, having not studied for 40 years or so, I did initially feel a little isolated and out of my depth. Once I got to know the team better I realised how much support and encouragement was available.

LDC assigned me my own personal local tutor to assist with my part two and part three training and I enjoyed and appreciated his like minded thinking, so much so that I am now training to undertake that same role.

After qualifying, and with 20 months of successful, enjoyable and profitable trading, I remain convinced that LDC have got it totally right. Their fees are modest and the ongoing support, advice and training make them undoubted value compared to their competitors.

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.learnwithclive.co.uk

Siobhan Towell – PO postcode

Siobhan“I have always been interested in driving. Over the years, myself and my husband took opportunities to attend off road events including karting and track days (both in our own track prepared car and higher performance track cars provided to us).

When I was made redundant, I decided to take the opportunity for a career change and do something I was interested in and enjoyed and that’s when I decided to become a driving instructor. I did my own research, considering other companies, but each time they fell short of what LDC could offer me. This included cost, level of support, course material, style of training, particularly for the Part 3, where I was paired up with another trainee who lived locally to me (we both still work with LDC and are now good friends), and opportunities once I had qualified. LDC also prides itself on maintaining a personal, yet professional relationship with you.

The course material is professionally put together and follows a logical and methodical approach through the process. Initially we are expected to work through Part 1 on our own, but at any stage if I had any questions or needed clarity I could always phone the training department at head office for advise or visit the online Forum. My personal trainer for Part 2 and 3 was very thorough, explained everything clearly and listened to me!

I have now been fully qualified for nearly 5 years and continue to be part of the LDC brand. Yes, it means a financial commitment that needs to be budgeted into my expenses, but I feel it is worth it, both in terms of maintaining a high and professional profile not only on the road, but also online, by way of the main website, my website and the online resources both for me and my students..”

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.passwithsiobhan.co.uk

Sevan Aghajanian – N (London)

SevanADI300“When I first decided to become a driving instructor I researched the offerings from many driving schools, including all the major ones, and decided to join LDC. I have been a franchisee of LDC ever since. LDC did not present the least cost option but overall the best value.

On first contact, LDC felt friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and supportive. This is very important if you’re making a considerable investment and at a time when you feel vulnerable as you make a career change. The cost of failure is high and you need the advice and support of people you feel you can trust and who will do their best for you to succeed in your new career and business.

The first striking difference between LDC and others is their structured and transparent programme of instructor training so you know from the outset what you would be receiving in return for your investment and the approach that you would be using to teach learners once you qualified. Not only is this important as a yardstick as you train to become an instructor but also when you qualify and set up business to teach learner drivers. The organised and structured teaching methods and materials (the LD System) are invaluable in making your life easy as an instructor and also in presenting a professional image to the pupil, instilling further their confidence in you as a teacher.

The LDC culture is progressive and the company invests considerable resources in keeping teaching methods, materials and continued professional development courses at the forefront of the driver training industry. This was one of the significant factors why I decided to join and stay with the LDC. The driver training industry is highly competitive and continued development and change for the better are absolutely critical to remaining successful in this business.

Another significant factor for choosing LDC is the franchise model. Unlike other franchise offerings where you essentially melt into the amorphous pot of a large organisation as just another instructor, the LDC model allows you to operate as an independent instructor with your own website and freedom to source and retain the revenue generated from your own pupils, but at the same time have the expertise and muscle of a large organisation and the safety net of pupils sourced from LDC backing you. In the age of the internet, the website, social media and the advanced technology facilities provided by LDC are alone worth the franchise fee.

When you first set up business you are never sure whether you will earn sufficiently to cover your costs and make a living. Whereas other franchise operators require a high fixed cost base without the guarantee of pupil supply to cover the costs, the LDC cost base is relatively low and will only increase with the number of pupils they supply.  This is a tremendous help with cash flow and provides the peace of mind that costs won’t be high when business is slow.

So in summary, LDC is the perfect choice, you get a friendly crew who are there to support you and help you in your professional development and the growth of your business and provide you with the cutting edge technology and materials to compete successfully in this business at a cost that stays in proportion to the income you generate. What more could you want?!

If you are motivated to be successful you could not find a more supportive and progressive environment to train, develop and succeed than the LDC. I wholeheartedly recommend the LDC.”

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.passwithsevan.co.uk

Justine Copping – SS postcode

“I joined LDC after passing my part 3 elsewhere. How I now wish I had trained with them too!

The training I received on the induction joining course was fantastic.I attended this 3 day course and immediately felt at home. The whole team are happy to see you and talk to you like life long friends. It’s informative, fun and provides all the assistance you need to set up your own LDC driving school business. Giving tips on gathering pupils, how to deal with your accounts and even how to book tests with the DVSA. The LD system of driving tuition is incredible. It works not only for pupils but for trainers too. It is easy to understand and Bob’s enthusiasm is contagious! I met with many different people on the induction from all over the country. Some trained by LDC, some with their pink ticket, others that had been with other companies and wanted a change.

The weekly fee is very competitive, but the website and Facebook pages are worth more than the fee alone. The business I get either directly or through HO is invaluable and is a great starting block until your reputation proceeds you. I have never felt pressured into taking extra clients and I run my own diary completely. The decals on the car are an invaluable source of business too. The assistance I have received from all departments is amazing, I can’t thank everyone enough.

If you’re considering a change in direction or just a different franchise then contact LDC, you definitely won’t regret it. I wish I had changed careers years ago.”

Visit my LDC driving school website for more details about me:
www.passwithjustine.co.uk

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