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Life as a Driving Instructor

Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss?

Imagine being able to choose the hours AND days you work.

Imagine never having to ask for time off, you just manage your own diary and YOU decide. 


Contemplating a new career can be a very exciting venture but performing the necessary research before making such a life changing decision will be vital.

We are very confident that our “Ultimate Training Course” is the most comprehensive available anywhere in the local area but is this career change right for you?

We suggest five vital steps to assist you in making the correct decision.

1. Please order a copy of our free 50 page book, where you can read the case studies some of our franchised instructors who talk about why they came in to this industry, how their lives have changed and their thoughts on the job.

2. Pay a visit the office to witness first hand exactly how you would fit in to the team and to observe the day to day running of the driving school.

3. Ask every single question you can think of and I will give you a very honest answer. We have to be very transparent in everything we do as we live and operate on your doorstep.

4. Meet and speak to Tony Sumner who is head of our instructor-training program. Tony will conduct all your training sessions on a 1-1 basis and it’s important that you know who he is and more importantly whether you feel you would gel with him.

5. Research what other training companies have to offer and you will then be able to make an informed comparison.


Even after conducting extensive research and commencing the training course, you may find that this is not for you after all and for this reason we wish to remove all the risk and offer a refund at any time and for any reason.

No Other Training Provider offers this !



Gillian Sherry ADI

“I have been with BDS for 13 years, when I first qualified I was given every support and encouragement from Tony and Donna, that has never changed.

The company has gone from strength to strength and now has 15 instructors on the team.

Donna is continually striving to improve and grow the business, she keeps the team well informed, and is open to suggestions and ideas, bringing the team together, for discussion and meetings.

Although I work independently, I always feel part of a team, and there is always back up from the school. Work comes through on a regular basis and I always have the amount of work that suits me. 

The franchise rates are realistic, competitive and affordable.
To support your in car training, teaching aids are provided, cancellation policy in place to protect your earnings, advertising taken care of and work wear is also available.

Donna has put together good package deals for pupils, including revision notes, help with theory, car maintenance and good deals for either hourly rates or intensive courses, hence the growth of the school.

A growing company, that still maintains a team feel”

Gillian Sherry ADI

Steph Afifi ADI

“I was a Midwife before become a Driving Instructor, I liked driving and teaching skills to people and so I decided to combine the two.

I like the freedom that being a Driving Instructor gives you, I have the flexibility of time management, I like working for myself but being part of a team as well.

I have worked with BDS for 8 years, since I qualified, and found them to be fair with their work distribution, flexible and you are never obliged to take students on.

They encourage teamwork and are always friendly and professional.   With BDS it is relaxed and friendly, no pressure to take students and their fees are reasonable too!

I would not hesitate to recommend a franchise with them”

Steph Afifi ADI

Emma Bird ADI

“I initially trained with a National Company and failed my Part 3 test before discovering BDS Driving School. I had paid a huge amount for training with the National School that I found was of little benefit to me.

I knew if I didn’t find someone else to train me I would fail my part 3 again and all that money and time would be wasted.

Thankfully I found Donna Sumner who immediately made things clear. She quickly passed me on to their Head Trainer, Tony, who identified my weaknesses and demonstrated ways to improve.   I don’t think I would have qualified if it had not been for Tony’s excellent tuition and knowledge.

I would highly recommend anybody considering becoming an ADI to contact Donna at BDS. You will not be disappointed with the amount of learning and understanding of the ADI tests you will gain over the weeks you work together.

I joined BDS on their Franchise system.  It’s a great company to work with, they are very supportive and I have always had all the work I need”.

Emma Bird ADI

Doug Cox ADI

“I like the flexibility of being a Driving instructor, I work the hours I want, with a bit of forward planning I can do what I want.  If I want to work very hard I take on a few new customers for a couple of weeks and then as pupils pass their tests my hours reduce. If I fancy working extra hard for a few weeks I will take on an intensive course of between 10 and 20 hours.

I have worked with a number of franchise Driving School before finding BDS, they are the best company I have ever worked with, they are flexible and have always got me the work.  I also only work a few miles from my home address, which is ideal, I am not wasting my time or fuel driving across town between customers.

I have been a driving instructor for 30 years. Over this period I have mainly worked part time as I have other incomes. I have worked for quite a few driving schools but none have as good as BDS. In fact they don’t come close. The balance between being business-like and having a casual friendly approach is exceptional. Right from start I felt at home. The ethos of ‘work as many hours/days as you want can’t fail to fit in with any driving instructor or potential driving instructors needs. This is GREAT company.

The best part about being a Driving Instructor for me; I like watching the learners progress lesson by lesson. If I you do the job right they become grateful friends. They learn a life skill because of me. Lets face it people never forget their driving instructor.”

Doug Cox ADI

Stephen Wild ADI

“Before becoming a Driving Instructor I drove a Black Cab for 22 years.  I got into being a Driving Instructor by accident, I started with a non-driver and got them through to a pass, it was a great buzz.

You will often build a bond with people and to see them pass their test makes it very worthwhile.

I worked as in independent instructor for many years, but I found it difficult finding work during the recession and so I joined BDS Driving School. I have never looked back.  My diary is bursting and there is always a waiting list of customers.  We work on postcodes close to our homes and so it’s always very local customers we get.

With BDS I like being part of a team, a driving instructor can sometimes be a lonely profession, whilst you meet plenty of people during your job you don’t always mix or talk with other ADI’s.  Being part of BDS changed that.

In todays world you need marketing, this is something I am not very good at, so I let BDS do all that, its something I don’t even need to think about anymore.

Stephen Wild ADI

Paul Tilling ADI

I have been with BDS since I qualified in 1997, I can honestly say I have never had an empty diary, the way they book the lessons in works well.  Card payments are an option for pupils that forget their money on the day. I know it sounds cheesy but Donna and Tony feel part of my extended family.  All is great with BDS. “

Paul Tilling ADI

Dave Grundy ADI

Before I became a Driving Instructor I was a coach driver, I had taught my sons and daughters, ex-girlfriend, neighbours and found I quite enjoyed it and got a real buzz when they passed their tests. So after leaving Duple Coaches I trained to become an instructor.  I am passionate about my job, the work you put in to make good drivers out of people is great.  I am a people person and I get great job satisfaction.  I like being part of BDS, its brilliant, I sleep at night, the work is there, no dashing about when the phone rings in case you miss a new student. Also if you fall ill when a student should be on test another BDS instructor will come to the rescue! “

Dave Grundy ADI

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