Why Choose Us?
We have an advantage the nationals will never have, we live and operate on your doorstep and to us you are a real person not just a number and thats just one reason Why Choose Us?
Train on Your Doorstep around Your Current Work Commitments and Benefit from Unique Local Knowledge that will be invaluable when You start Working in the Local Area.
Benefit from True Family Values that have been the backbone of the driving school’s success since 2001.
“I’m Kelvin and I am immensely proud to have built Kelvin White Driving School from scratch, starting as single operator back in 2001 to where we currently teach in excess of 600 Local students per week”.
The business has been built by supplying quality instruction to both our learner driver customers and the general public who have trained with us, many of whom still work at the driving school as instructors. Read on to see Why Choose Us?
The Ultimate Training Course” In the Bridgwater & Taunton Area.
The Ultimate Training course has been constantly tweaked and tested since 2007 and is specifically designed to suit YOUR requirements not ours.
Many of our competitors assemble their courses to maximise their return and often squeeze up to three trainees to a single training vehicle and then hope their trainer can cope with all three at once. (Just one of the hidden costs of cheap training)
Just think about that for a second!
You will be dividing your valuable training time by three.
We offer a personal 1-1 service throughout the course and Lee will be with you every step of the way from your first assessment drive right through to the day when you qualify.
You will receive help and assistance at every step of the qualifying process and we will remain on hand with career guidance, business advice and personal development once you have become a fully Qualified driving instructor.
Our ADI training Courses are part time and follow a highly successful training structure. There is plenty of flexibility built in so that training can be arranged around your current commitments, this way you can work at your own pace.
Driving instructor training is most effective when carried out at regular intervals for short periods of time (2 -4 hours). This keeps you in frequent contact with your personal trainer, constantly motivated and allows adequate time for your home study between training sessions.
Lee is a full time employee with Kelvin White Instructor Training and is head of the training program. He is also responsible for the in-house development of our fully qualified franchised instructors.
Lee has come through the ranks from the very bottom up. I personally learnt him to drive at age 17, where he was a model student and he passed 1st time with flying colours.
He became the youngest approved driving instructor at the driving school at 26 and he soon became a major part of the team and now has over eight years’ experience of teaching learner drivers.
Lee was promoted to the head of the instructor training in 2014 after completing a rigorous 50-hour train the trainer course that I conducted personally.
In order to maximise your time and accelerate your learning, ALL training is carried out on a 1:1 basis and you will be working with our Head trainer Lee White.
(It’s for this reason we can only accept 8 trainees in the program at one time)
Our strategy has always been to offer quality for a few rather than conveyor belt training for many.
When we consider how the ADI qualification is structured, it really is an effective
Logical and simple system.
Part One: Demonstrate you know the theory of driving and teaching in a car
Part Two: Demonstrate you can drive to a very good standard
Part Three: prove that you can teach it to someone else.
Unfortunately many training organisations follow too closely to the DSA,s assessment format when preparing their potential driving instructors for their tests.
This approach is far too rigid, lacking any integration of driving or instruction practice during part one training.
“The Ultimate training course” below has a proven and highly successful track
record, following a very structured approach to maximise your learning potential.
You will be supplied with all the DSA recommended study books (8 in total), plus a hazard perception DVD and most importantly the superb part 1 home study guide.
The guide will give you a very logical and structured approach to assist with your learning;
The real power behind the home study guide is that it will explain which chapters of which books to read at any particular point. (This has proved to be extremely successful as you don’t need to read every single word of every book) it will then offer you the relevant ‘test’ so you can assess what you have learnt.
There are thirty tests in total and the Part One Study Guide will ‘extract’ ALL the information you require, not just to pass the exam 1st time but more importantly give you the sound knowledge required for the rest of the course.
The lowest score (Part One Exam) achieved in over six years using this resource has been 94%.
The information learnt during this phase of your training will be INVALUABLE and assist you to progress smoothly through the rest of the course.
There will be three 2 hr. practical sessions interspersed with your home study; this will give your trainer the chance to keep in contact with you and to monitor your progress, but more importantly this will bring the theory material to life.
The test itself is not difficult once you understand what is required.
You will begin the course with an assessment of your driving.
Don’t worry – it won’t be anywhere near perfect and we have seen it all before.
Your driving techniques will most likely need tweaking as the vast majority of trainees will have taken no refresher or advanced driving courses since passing their driving tests.
During the initial assessment, you will be issued with a fully comprehensive report that will document any areas of your driving that fall below the very high standard required.
This will prove to be invaluable at an early stage as you will be able to practice in your own vehicle in between sessions with your trainer.
You will also receive two practical sessions at this early stage on the principles of teaching and learning to give you an insight in to the techniques of talk through, watching the pupil, describing hazards, fault finding, lesson planning and giving briefings.
This will give you a very good overview of what being a driving instructor actually consists of.
Many training providers either shy away from or don’t attach any importance to this procedure but a brief insight to the above subjects will bring the immense amount of information that you are currently learning to life and give you a much better understanding of the subject matter going forward.
This is just one of the additional benefits that make the “Ultimate” training course one of the most comprehensive and successful available in the industry.
Summary of part 1.
Having a fully integrated training package at part 1 level is more likely to prepare you properly for the part 1 test, but more significantly give you a head start for the more demanding tasks of part 2 & 3.
During this time many training providers leave you to get on with part 1 study on your own, with little or no contact with your trainer. Many training establishments will also tell you that all you need to do is revise the DSA question bank and you will be fine.
(The pass rate for the part 1 Exam (Theory) during 2013 was just 43%.)
Follow this advice at your peril, as you could become part of the 57% that fail this relatively simple test.
Even if you succeed at this level with gaps in your knowledge you will undoubtedly struggle with the more demanding tasks that lie ahead.
“Combining the home study and the practical driving in the early stages of the course was really beneficial as it helped bring the the theory of what I was learning to life. Also having a weekly contact with my trainer was invaluable to keep me motivated and to know he was on hand to help whenever I needed him”
Mike Harwood (Approved Driving Instructor)
The test of your driving ability.
Now that you have been practicing the points raised on your initial driving assessment you should be well on your way to driving the DSA way. You will have 14 hours of practical in car training to assess and continually improve your driving standard.
You will be supplied with a part 2 driving manual which gives excellent advice on what the examiner will be looking for during the Part two exam and also record sheets in order that you can keep track of your private practice in between sessions with your trainer.
Many training providers will give you the impression that the test of driving ability is a glorified learner test, I can assure you that this is not the case and your drive will need to be of a very high standard (1st time pass rate for the part 2 exam during 2013 was 48%)
The training vehicle will be available for your use during the exam and if you wish your trainer will accompany you on the day to insure that all runs smoothly and to clear up any last minute concerns that you may have.
Very few training companies make the training vehicle available for the exam and if you have to use your own vehicle, it’s crucial to inform your insurance company as cover for driving tests is not included and additional cover will need to be purchased.
Not all insurance companies will agree to this cover and you would then need to hire a vehicle to conduct the test.
It is essential that you do not cut corners with your preparation for part 2.
Summary of part 2.
Preparing for the test of driving ability is far more reaching than just passing a test; the examiner will only have a 60-minute snap shot of your driving and it is possible to sneak through. Once passed you will be expected to drive to a very high standard at all times (especially in a driving school car, when you never know who may be watching you).
Once passed, you will be in the top 1% of drivers in the U.K.
“Learning new skills in my driving was very enjoyable and I now see driving as an art form rather than just traveling from A to B. This part of the driving course really does change your whole perspective of driving. The driving reports supplied were extremely valuable as I was able to perfect the driving techniques between sessions”.
Laura Jones (Approved driving instructor)
If you have reached this stage without the proper preparation you are going to be in for a sharp shock as this is where we start to utilise what has been learnt so far.
You will now be able to recall the practice of parts 1 & 2 to accelerate your learning during this final stage. As with learning to drive, infinitely the best way of gathering and developing instructor skills is by taking regular one- to- one sessions at a time and pace that you feel comfortable with.
This allows for short, intensive bursts of activity followed by periods of reflection in order to absorb the training and to carry out private practice.
The Part 3 course consists of 50 hours of tuition in a very structured manner;
You will receive a part 3 instructing manual with invaluable information to guide you to success. In the manual you will record your progress to continually recap on strengths and weaknesses. You will also receive a briefing CD, visual aid folder to help with presenting lesson plans.
Your instructing manual will contain the 40-hour syllabus laid out in such a manner that you can see clearly what lessons will be covered and when they will be performed.
Crucially, there will be an additional 10 hours to recap any weak areas. Most training companies will provide ONLY the basic 40 hours with no chance to recap before the final exam.
BEWARE, the pass rate is only 25%.
There is no substitute for quality training and there are far too many people parting with over £4000 and then not receiving the thorough preparation that they deserve. The problem for the majority of those starting on an ADI career is that they will not know the difference between good and poor quality training. Add to this the fact that some major training providers have a relaxed view on their high dropout rate during part 3 level (if you drop out you will probably lose your money) and it’s another reason why pass rates are low. Most major training providers will operate two or even three to one in car training, the best way to learn is to carry out the tasks yourself rather than observe someone else. (just work out what a training company can make with three clients to one car / trainer)
Avoid the mistakes of others!
“I trained at two different schools before discovering Kelvin White. I had paid a huge amount for training that was of little benefit to me. I was also paying franchise fees but the company only found me 3 pupils in 6 months. I knew if I didn’t find someone else to train me I would fail my final exam and all that money and time would be wasted.
Thankfully I found Kelvin White who immediately made things clear. He quickly identified my weaknesses and demonstrated ways to improve”.
Sarah Jacob (Approved driving instructor)
Embarking on any new career requires careful thought and research.
You will undoubtedly have many questions and quite rightly so. You are most welcome to call the office on 01278 450142 to discuss any points you wish to raise.
I would be delighted to meet with you and it would be a major advantage for you to come visit the driving school office here in Bridgwater where you can meet both Sandra (Instructor liaison) and Andy (Customer services) I can then show you exactly how you would fit into the team once you have qualified. You will be able to see the driving school in operation, how we take bookings for our instructors, how we tailor your own individual diary and the whole working practice that has made us one of the most successful driving schools in Somerset.
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“I made the decision to become my own boss and be rewarded for my efforts. The decision has proved to be life changing and it’s without doubt, one of the best decisions that I have ever made.
Do I have any regrets?
Yes, I wish I hadn’t wasted several year’s of my life that are now irreplaceable”.