Join Our Driving Instructor Franchise

If you’re an experienced instructor thinking of joining a driving school franchise, you’re probably considering all your options. There are many options out there with many companies, so you must choose the right driving instructor franchise for you.

 

SmartLearner is an award-winning driving school that operates across the West Midlands and Warwickshire. We are currently looking for new driving instructors to recruit to their ever-growing and dedicated fleet. We offer both driving school franchise options and driving instructor training. If you’re looking to become a driving instructor with SmartLearner there is no better time than right now.

 

At SmartLearner we understand that a driving school is only as good as its driving instructors. That is why when you join SmartLearner’s driving instructor franchise you’re the boss. Work hours that suit you and your family, only work areas you feel comfortable with, and reduce admin with our full office support.

Why Choose SmartLearner’s Driving Instructor Franchise?

Regional Driving School Of The Year

In 2021, we won ‘Regional Driving School Of The Year’ at the Intelligent Instructor Awards for our amazing work at a local level and the extra support we provided our driving instructors throughout the pandemic.

This support included freezing all franchise payments to try and help ease the financial burden put on our instructors due to COVID-19. Unlike most driving schools, we also voided franchise payments, meaning there was no need for our instructors to pay this money back at a later date. We even helped our driving instructors secure other work, while they were unable to teach due to lockdown restrictions!

Our Booking System

We also won ‘Best Independent Driving School in the West Midlands’ at the SME Enterprise Awards because of our state-of-the-art booking system. At SmartLearner we use a custom-built booking system! This allows our instructors to reduce their admin work and focus on what they love doing… Teaching.

Our system includes various features such as a real-time online diary which means our instructors and office staff are always on the same page. We also have an automated SMS system that sends text alerts to instructors and learners to confirm the lesson times or let them know when a lesson has been cancelled. Our system allows instructors to take card/cash payments in the car, add learner notes, and even sends learners custom lesson summaries!

Pupils LOVE SmartLearner

SmartLearner Driving School has helped thousands of students pass their driving test and theory exams! We have an Excellent rating and reviews on TrustPilot, Google, and Facebook. We have over 10,000+ followers across our social media platforms. We always engage with our loyal students/followers online to help maximise pupil engagement and constantly generate our driving instructor’s new pupils.

More than 4 in 5 Driving Instructors at SmartLearner Driving School currently are fully booked! All of our other driving instructors have over 90% of their diaries booked.

The Process of Becoming an ADI (Driver Instructor)

SmartLearner provides the option and choice for individuals to train and become a driving instructor. SmartLearner ensures that instructor trainees are both given high-quality yet affordable tuition through their journey in becoming a qualified driving instructor.

Through this, individuals wishing to undertake training can reap the benefits of annually earning approximately £30,000 working full time. Trainees become their own boss, are ultimately in full charge of their scheduling, working within hours that are personally suitable and flexible to them, as well as receiving additional full support from the SmartLearner office, assisting with ADI’s success in their efforts with helping learners achieve their driving tests.

There are ultimately 6 steps to becoming an ADI or SmartLearner driving instructor.

1. PREPARATION:

The first step requires individuals to make sure that they are eligible in becoming an ADI. To become an instructor, one must be over the age of 21 and have had passed their driving test, with an experience of at least a minimum of 3+ years or more. Trainees are then to undergo a CRB (Criminal Record Check). In addition to this, there are 3 parts of an exam they must take, trainees must successfully pass this before awarded the name and title of being a fully qualified driving instructor. Though, before applying to undergo these tests, one must apply and receive their personal and unique PRN number.

 

2. ADI THEORY TEST:

The second step essentially requires learning instructors to undergo a theory test which is specified for driving instructors. The first part of the test will need learning trainees to ensure they know in-depth information regarding highway codes and the hazard perception test thoroughly. This test consists of 100 multiple choice questions with trainees requiring to successfully achieve a score of 85+ to pass through. With the hazard perception test, ADI trainees need to score 57 out of 75 to pass.

It should be noted though that there are unlimited attempts to taking these tests, however, each one will cost £81.00.

 

3. DRIVING ABILITY TEST:

Part three of ADI training concentrates on the individual’s ability to drive, like the original test to receive the standard full driving test. SmartLearner provides 10 hours of lessons with an ORDIT approved trainer. Though, it should be further noted that ADI trainees will have a maximum of 3 attempts and no more. Each attempt would cost £111.00.

 

4. LEARN AND EARN

After passing the necessary driving test, ADI trainees are then required to take 40 hours of training with a qualified trainer. This will allow the learners to apply for a “pink badge” meaning that they can provisionally teach learners and subsequently earn for 6 months. This route is however optional, but if one does decide to go down the “pink badge” route, trainees will be able to take a pupil in which they are currently tutoring. This route requires ADI trainees to pay for 20 hours of additional training, on the other hand, this cost will be easily covered by the money that trainees are earning from lessons.

 

5. TEACHING ABILITY TEST

Alternatively, once ADI trainees have completed their requirements of 40 hours of training and when confident with their skills, they will be able to apply for their final test. This exam is ultimately about the trainee’s ability to teach a pupil. If trainees decide to go proceed straight for the exam, they will be required to find a full license holder who owns their own car.

Furthermore, it should be noted that ADI trainees will have a maximum of 3 attempts. Each test will cost around £111.00


6. CELEBRATE!


Stage six is all about celebrations, as during this step, ADI trainees will be able to receive the title of a full driving instructor. All hard work, perseverance, and commitment have paid off! ADI will be able to reap the rewards.

 

Coventry City of Culture 2021

In light of Coventry City Culture month, the UK city of culture is a competition run by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports (DCMS) every four years. Five cities were shortlisted for the 2021 UK City of Culture competition.

Coventry City of Culture Month

In light of Coventry City Culture month, UK city of culture is a competition run by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) every four years. Five cities were shortlisted for the 2021 UK City of Culture competition.

Coventry won in victory and was awarded the title in December 2017 after competing against eleven other cities from Swansea, Sunderlands and Paisley.

The bid was won on the strength of Coventry’s diversity, its youthfulness and the opportunities that being so centrally located bring. Coventry’s year in the spotlight will run from May 2021 to May 2022.

What is Coventry City of Culture?

Coventry is the city where movement began, from innovation in the aspects of the transportation industry to a history of activism. Our city has moved people for centuries.

For a whole year, we will celebrate our city with events, music, dance, theatre, and large – scale spectacles. As well as these big celebrations, the city of Coventry will undoubtedly showcase its unexpected side, with more intimate experiences and ways to get involved across every ward of the city.

And it’s not just Coventry. This celebration will see the entire region get involved and benefit from the opportunities that being a city of culture brings.

Coventry Residents

From May 2021, our reign as UK City of Culture begins. An opportunity for visitors to experience the city we know and love. In light of this, the city of Culture will be recruiting 5,000 local volunteers throughout the year, to spend as much or as little time as they can, to display and exhibit our city. Volunteers will be rewarded with limited edition uniforms, training and discounts.

City of Culture hosts will be required to provide a friendly and welcoming face for visitors, to guide visitors and event spectators, provide information about the city and events and support areas of displays and artwork.

Benefits of being a city host:

If you are interested in participating and being a face for City of Culture you can apply directly on the website.

Driving lessons in Coventry will be resuming again from Monday the 12th of April, with the practical driving tests returning from the 22nd of April. SmartLearner Driving School are currently taking pre bookings for driving lessons in Coventry, Auto or manual, regardless of what area you reside in Coventry you can call 0800 118 2001 to speak to our office staff and book your lessons in time for April.

World Health Day 2021 – Walk to work

In honour of World Health Day on the 7th of April this year, ditching your vehicles or walking to work is a great way to get involved and stay healthy.

Walk to work

In honour of World Health Day on the 7th of April this year, ditching your vehicles or walking to work is a great way to get involved and stay healthy.

What are the impacts of cars on the environment?

Production: This leaves a giant footprint because materials like steel, rubber, glass, plastics, paints, etc must be created before a new car is built. Production of new cars isn’t the only threat to the environment, the end of a car’s life doesn’t mark the end of its environmental impact. Plastics, toxic battery acids, and other products may stay in the environment, sat in a junkyard. Most of an automobile’s environmental impact, perhaps 80 to 90 percent, will be due to fuel consumption and emissions of air pollution and greenhouse gases.

Fuel costs: Extracting petroleum products from the earth is an energy-intensive process that can damage ecosystems. Shipping fuel uses a lot of energy, and can lead to disasters such as oil spills.

Air quality: Road vehicles are one of the biggest air quality compromisers, contributing to air pollution. The smog, carbon monoxide, and other toxins emitted by vehicles are troubling, as they leave a vehicle’s exhaust into the air that individuals breathe in.

How do I stay motivated?

During lockdown many of us already exercise more than usual, due to a lot of places closing. As gyms are also closed, many have opted to go on a walk or run as a form of exercise to stay fit.

After a long day at work, the last thing you may want to think about is going on a walk. The following can help you to feel motivated:

Join a walking group, this can form new friendships and you won’t be doing it alone.

What if I get bored?

Add variety to your walks, walking in the same areas will become uninteresting.

Towns and cities offer interesting walks, including parks, heritage trails, canal towpaths, riverside paths, commons, woodlands, heaths and nature reserves.

Family friendly walks in Coventry: https://www.coventryrocks.co.uk/guides/whats-on-guides/family-friendly-walks-in-coventry/

Driving lessons will be resuming again from the 12th of April, with the practical driving tests returning from the 22nd of April. SmartLearner Driving School are currently taking pre bookings for lessons, you can call 0800 118 2001 to speak to our office staff and book your lessons in time for April.

A Day in the Life of a SmartLearner Instructor

How a driving instructor spends their day balancing lessons with lunch breaks whilst remaining in their vehicles may seem difficult to some.

How a driving instructor spends their day balancing lessons with lunch breaks whilst remaining in their vehicles may seem difficult to some. We have taken a few examples from 4 of our instructors, to see how they provide excellent service to customers whilst juggling personal needs.

Moh - Automatic Lessons

The first thing on Moh’s diary is to always stop by our SmartLearner office to say hello to our office staff. With his bubbly personality and his fresh creps, he is guaranteed to put a smile on our faces. He then leaves for his first lesson of the day.

Lessons for Moh begins at 9am where he travels all over Coventry and ventures out to do lessons in Rugby until around 7pm. As well as teaching learner drivers, Moh is also one of our instructor trainers. Anyone who wants to begin their journey to become a driving instructor Moh is here to help.

 

Rest assured Moh is never far from the wheel as his favourite game to play is Mario Kart, he is quite the champion. When he is not teaching on the road he is a pedestrian, enjoying long walks with his family. He then likes to go home and enjoy lovely food cooked by himself and his talented daughter.

In a typical week Moh will complete around 50 hours of work. Even after a long hard day at work he still manages to find time to stay dedicated to his family and maintain his reputation of being a kind, sociable person. 

Laila- Automatic Lessons

Starting her day at 6am our instructor Laila has an early wake up call to prepare her for the busy day ahead. Before even leaving the house Laila cooks a family breakfast and prepares packed lunches for herself and her 2 young children. She then faces what she says is her biggest challenge of her day, the dreaded school run. Once she has completed the school run, she likes to head to the nearest costa for her much needed morning coffee fix.

Lessons begin at 10am, where Laila travels around Coventry¹, Leamington, and warwick. She is well known for her very organised diary, where she likes to teach in the same area each day. In her breaks between lessons, believe it or not, Laila heads to Costa again.

As well as being a dedicated mum juggling work and home klife, Laila likes to take time to get to know her learners and form a bond with them.

In a typical week, Laila will complete around 22 hours of teaching. Not to mention all of the extra work she has when she gets home. After all her hard work, she ends the day with a glass of milk and manages to catch the end of coronation street.

Jeanette - Manual Lessons

Before even beginning lessons, our instructor Jeanette makes a journey to Hinkley to do the college run for her teenage son. Duty calls as she then heads straight to work to begin her lessons for around 9am. Covering Coventry and Bedworth areas, Jeanette likes to have a short break in between lessons for travel time only. She is well known in our office for calling and making the team laugh with her best ‘joke of the day’. Another recognisable feature is her amazing choice of perfume.

Jeanette completes around 35 hours of lessons per week and is dedicated to ensuring her learners are given as much feedback as possible. Learners often recognise her for her kind, bubbly personality.

Around 6pm all lessons are done for the day, this is when Jeanette heads home to do her washing and cook dinner. The most exciting time of the day for our instructor is taking her dog for a walk. She likes this time of the evening as she can stretch her legs instead of being sat in her car. The biggest highlight of the week is Saturday night where she can enjoy a glass of wine after a long week dedicated to her job.

Faridoon- Manual Lessons

On the road for his first lesson at 9am our instructor Faridoon likes to get his day started bright and early. Before he gets ready to sit in the car teaching all day. He is usually at the gym for an early morning session. He has not let Covid restrictions stop him as he can be spotted on his daily run every morning.

After a busy morning building adrenaline, he uses all of his energy to complete a jam-packed day of lessons covering Coventry. Finishing his lessons on an average day at around 8pm, Faridoon clearly shows he is a dedicated instructor who likes to put the effort and time into supporting his students as much as he can! He also likes to bring in sweet treats for our office staff. 

Like a lot of our instructors, if you were to ask Faridoon what his lifeline is at work, there would only be one answer, Several cups of coffee!

Once all lessons are finished for the day Faridoon heads home to sit back and relax before another day of work begins. On a standard week Faridoon will complete around 45 hours of lessons per week. It is safe to say he deserves an early night!


Driving lessons will be resuming again from the 12th of April, with the practical driving tests returning from the 22nd of April. SmartLearner Driving School are currently taking pre bookings for lessons, you can call 0800 118 2001 to speak to our office staff and book your lessons in time for April.

9 Big Changes for Drivers Coming This April

9 huge changes are set to take place this April that can affect most drivers in the UK.

9  huge changes are set to take place this April that can affect most drivers in the UK. 

Car tax

Car tax is rising from the 1st of April. What you will need to pay depends on how much CO2 emissions your car pumps out.

If your car was registered on or after the 1st of April 2017, you will have to pay the following for the first 12 months:

You won’t have to pay anything if your car emits no CO2.

      • £10 if your car emits 1-50 grams per kilometre of CO2 (the same tax rate as last year).
      • £25 if your car emits 51-75 grams per kilometre of CO2 (the same tax rate as last year.
      • £115 if your car emits 76-90 grams per kilometre of CO2 (£5 extra than last year).
      • £140 if your car emits 91-100 grams per kilometre of CO2 (£5 extra than last year).

Purchase tax

To make UK roads more eco-friendly, purchase tax will be introduced targeting petrol and diesel car owners. The aim of this tax is to make eco-friendly vehicles more affordable.

Cars that emit more than 225g of CO2 per kilometre will be required to pay a 50% purchase tax from this year. These changes haven’t been confirmed.

Local clean air zone charges

This year, a number of cities will start to charge drivers commuting in and around the area to decrease the number of journeys, to lower pollution levels.
Motorists in several outer London boroughs, Bath and Birmingham face an extra daily charge of between £8 and £100.
Birmingham’s scheme will charge drivers of the most polluting cars up to £8 per day, and £50 for HGVs (trucks and lorries), coaches and buses.
You can check exactly how much you’ll be paying using the gov.uk’s clean air zone charge checker here: https://www.gov.uk/calculate-vehicle-tax-rates.

Driving lessons and tests

Driving lessons will be resuming again from the 12th of April, with the practical driving tests returning from the 22nd of April.
SmartLearner Driving School are currently taking pre bookings for lessons, you can call 0800 118 2001 to speak to our office staff and book your lessons in time for April.

Mobile phone ban

This year stricter rules for the use of mobile phones whilst driving will be brought into place.
Drivers will face fines of £200 and six penalty points on their licence for holding their mobile phone while driving – for any reason.
The new complete ban closes a loophole which allowed drivers to take photos or videos while driving without being penalised.

Driverless cars

Driverless cars may come with technology that helps them to drive by themselves, by detecting traffic changes and lane markings from Spring this year.
Last year the government looked at whether it would be safe to use the technology on cars driving at speeds of 70mph.

‘Benefit in kind’

Benefit in kind rates may be reintroduced this year after they were drawn out in 2020. From April drivers may need to pay up to £390 per year to use their vehicles.
Initially, there will be a 1% charge, based on income and vehicle value, but it is likely to rise to 2% in 2022.

Fuel duty freeze

Fuel duty will be frozen for the new tax year. This is a tax on fuel which is currently £57.95p per litre of any type of fuel.
Pavement parking ban
Currently there is a parking on pavements ban in London which may be introduced to the rest of the UK. If you break this ban you could receive a £70 fine.

Today is International Womens Day

Today is International Women’s Day! 

 

At SmartLearner Driving School we stand by the fight for gender equality across the world. Our list of female instructors is forever growing and we currently have many female instructors that teach in both manual and automatic.

 

However, the reality is only 1 in 4 driving instructors are female. Why not consider SmartLearners Award Winning Driving Instructor training and challenge gender stereotypes. SmartLearner is always looking for new people to join our ever-expanding roster of driving instructors. If you would be interested in becoming a driving instructor why not consider our driving instructor training?

 

Call us on 0800 118 2001 or email us at admin@smartlearner.com for more information.

 

What is International Women’s Day?

 

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

    • Celebrate women’s achievements
    • Raise awareness about women’s equality
    • Lobby for accelerated gender parity
    • Fundraise for female-focused charities

 

Why is International Women’s Day important?

 Even in 2021 we still don’t have gender equality. According to the World Economic Forum, sadly none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. Gender parity will not be attained for almost a century.

There’s urgent work to do – and we can all play a part.

How has driving been affected in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia has recently resolved their ban on women driving. Women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined.

The Women2Drive campaign in Saudi Arabia, have been fighting for years to change this law. Manal Al-Sharif, began the campaign back in 2011. She was sent to prison after posting a YouTube video of herself driving a car.

Until now, only men were allowed driving licences, while there was no formal ban on women driving, they couldn’t drive legally either as they could not get a licence. The law was changed by 24 June 2018.

The previous leader of Saudi Arabia started relaxing some of the laws around what women could do back in 2011. But this change is said to be down to the current king’s son Mohammed Bin Salman.

Did you know?

In 1869 the National Woman Suffrage Association was formed in America, with its main goal to allow women to vote. After the victory of World War One on the 6th of February, 1918, the Representation of the People Act was brought into force. This was the first time women were allowed to vote.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an American rights activist, held the first Woman’s Rights Convention. She called for changes to be made in law, to gain equal rights for women.

76% of healthcare and social care workers, 86% of personal care workers in health services are women.

Help Raise Awareness for International Women’s Day

The IWD 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenging world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge. SmartLearner Driving School stands with the fight for gender equality!

Raise Awareness for International Women's Day

Raise your hand high to show you’re in and that you commit to choosing to challenge and call out inequality.

Strike the Choose To Challenge pose and share on social media using #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.

Where can I donate?

The following link has a list of women’s charities to which you can donate to.

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Fundraising

Main things to know about Approved Driving Instructors

When you want to start your driving lessons, it is very important that you do research to find the right instructor. In order to be successful in qualifying for the driving tests, you should choose experienced and certified driving instructors who will help you in learning driving better. There are some important things which you should know about your driving instructor:

  • DVSA stamp of approval

An approved driving instructor always has a DVSA stamp of approval; he must have passed the official instructor training program. If your instructor’s car windscreen shows a pink triangle badge, it means he is the Potential Driving Instructor (PDI). In the case of the green octagon badge, your instructor will be considered as the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

  • Good communication skills

First, you should talk to your instructor, so that you can get an idea of his communication skills. Without proper communications, you can be confused while driving. Learning from mistakes is impossible if your instructor can not accurately explain your progress. The way your instructor talks to you always affects your performance.

approved driving instructor

  • A teaching style

When selecting a driving instructor, you should know about his teaching style. Some people are visual learners and some are verbal learners; the point is, everyone responds differently to a particular teaching method. It depends on you what kind of teaching style you prefer.

  • Recommended by others

You also can know about your driving instructor by checking the ratings given by the previous users. These days you can gather all information on the internet and you can also ask your friends or relatives who had the training with that particular instructor. If you go for recommendations, then Redditch driving instructors are mostly preferred by the people.

If you notice all the above things, then it will be easy for you to find a good driving instructor. After choosing the right instructor, you can start your focus on the driving lessons Redditch.

Why intensive driving course has a good success rate?

Now, people are more inclined towards the Intensive driving course because they can get various benefits from short-term courses. Even, many driving schools offer amazing discounts on intensive or crash courses. People who do intensive driving courses have higher chances of passing qualifying driving exams as compare to individuals who do regular or traditional courses because of various reasons:

  • Retain information better

This is the main reason why these intensive courses are getting high success. In short-courses, you have less time in between the different driving sessions, which helps you in retaining all driving basics better. In regular courses, in some cases, students forget the previous lessons because of the long gaps.

Intensive driving course

  • More options

In the intensive courses, you will get more varieties; you can choose short hours-based driving lessons, including 5 and 10-hours course durations in both manual and automatic transmissions. In case of more available options, you are freer to choose your suitable course, which can adjust to your busy schedule. All these things make people more confident about passing the driving tests.

  • Less tiring

In short-term driving lessons, you don’t get tired easily. Here, you can learn to drive without exhausting yourself. When you first start learning, driving will be more exhausting for you. This is the main reason that even beginners choose intensive driving courses to avoid fatigue issues.

SmartLearner driving school professionals can help you in learning all types of intensive driving lessons. You can search for “Driving school near me” and you will get numerous certified and renowned driving schools in your region.

Driving on New Years Eve – SmartLearner

As 2020 comes to an end and 2021 approaches, many of us enjoy a drink to welcome in the New Year. Although this New Year will be a different one, celebrating with those who live in the same household can still go ahead.

New Year
How to stay safe welcoming in the New Year

Firstly, if you are going to be around alcohol, at your chosen support bubbles household, assign a designated driver. This ensures that you have a way of getting home safely. If a designated driver cannot be agreed arrange to stay over and travel home the next day, when you are sober.

Use public transport

If you cannot stay over at your support bubbles household and a designated driver cannot be arranged, use public transport. In order to stay safe when using public transport, order a taxi with a friend or family member, you can split the cost which will work out cheaper.

Watch out for changing weather conditions like snow

In many parts of the country, weather conditions are currently becoming colder and undependable, with snow and ice beginning to appear. These conditions mixed with drink driving can be a serious risk to life. Not only are weather conditions changing, but daylight hours are also decreasing, from as early as 4:30 pm.

New Year is the holiday with the most drinking involved, we hope everyone drinks responsibly and stays safe.

Why not make your New Year’s resolution learning to drive and start with one of our instructors!

Let’s hope 2021 is a better one for us all, Happy New Year from the SmartLearner Team!

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