I have been thinking about becoming a Driving Instructor for some time now. I love driving, cars and talking to people. This sounds pretty anal, but I loved lerning to drive and studying the highway code, and I always like to analyse different driving situations when I'm on the road.
Anyway I am now pretty passionate about following this through, but I have some doubts about the instructor training courses that are available.
I have read that some Driving Schools are actually thinly veiled organisations that make their money from selling overpriced courses which make big promises about passing and earning up to £30,000 a year, but which in fact deliver training of a very poor quality and leave students heavily out of pocket. I have also heard that the franchise fees can be high, despite their failings to deliver a sufficient number of pupils to the instructor.
My question is, does anyone have any experience of becoming a driving instructor, or know someone who has undertaken the course? Who did they train with and was their experience good or bad?
My fiancee and I want to start a family after we get married next year, but I need to buy a bigger house first. I therefore dont want to squander some of my deposit on a course and then not be able to move house.
Can anyone help?