Phil Coleman served in the Army (Infantry) for nine years and joined LDC in March 2017 to train as a driving instructor.
‘After leaving the Army in 2009 I found myself working as an air-conditioning engineer for a couple of years before going on to the close protection scene in Iraq. After doing that for five years I wanted to return to working in the UK – I also, however, wanted to enjoy the freedom of being my own boss and working hours that fitted in nicely with family life.
‘Following plenty of research into becoming a driving instructor, I chose to train with LDC. This decision was helped due to the fact that I could take advantage of my Enhanced Learning Credits to help with the cost – however, that was not the sole reason. The level of support, training and opportunities that I felt were on offer from LDC were also key factors in my decision.
‘I proved to have made the right choice. The support was there from first point of contact and continues to this day (I have now been qualified for nine 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 an ADI but to 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 nine months into my new career, business is going great. My diary was full by week three. This was done with the help of LDC-generated learners, along with self-generated learners. The latter were gained with the advice and knowledge passed on by not only the LDC office staff, but also the larger LDC ADI community across 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 for advice on running the business too.
‘So if this is your chosen path, then I wouldn’t hesitate to call LDC and get the ball rolling. In fact I recommended them recently to a good friend at the end of his 24 years’ service – something I wouldn’t do lightly.’
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