If you are looking for a change in career and you’ve chosen to become a driving
instructor, then there are a few things you may need to know before making any sort
of commitments. We at Fineline Driving Academy aim to provide impartial advice on
this section of the website to help any budding driving instructors make an informed
decision on whether or not they would like to go into this line of work.
Being a driving instructor can be a highly rewarding career both personally and
financially. The ability to teach someone a skill which they will carry with them
for the rest of their lives is a reward which is greatly satisfying and a very unique
perk of the job. As a driving instructor, you are taking on a lot of responsibility
for the way in which your learners will drive in the future because of the fact
that most of the knowledge you pass on to them will stay with them for the rest
of their driving life. It doesn’t just stop at teaching new learners though, you
will be teaching nervous license holders who want you to help them regain their
confidence on the road and also foreign drivers who want a UK license after their
international license expires.
In recent years there has been a sharp increase in the amount of driving instructors,
the main reason for this is that various national companies have spent large amounts
of money on advertising campaigns that promise some misleading statements about
being a driving instructor. Some of these statements include very high annual earning
rates, a national shortage of driving instructors and a guaranteed job when completing
the course. It should however be noted that the earning rates depend entirely on
your client numbers, there is not a national shortage of driving instructors in
most parts of the UK and the guaranteed job is actually just guaranteed acceptance
onto a franchise package offered by various national companies. There is however,
plenty of opportunity to become a successful driving instructor by selective marketing,
willingness to work long days and most importantly being a good driving instructor
as word of mouth is by far the best marketing technique for this line of work.
The fact that around 1.6 million driving tests are sat annually indicates that driving
lessons will always be required around the country and therefore, driving instructors
are needed. If you pass the required tests and become a driving instructor, you
can either join a franchise package where pupils are provided to you for a fee,
or go it alone and source your own clients, either way you will be self employed
and required to provide annual tax returns.