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Matt SHURMER DRIVING SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

 Do you have a good work/lifestyle balance? OR ... Are you simply stuck in a rut? 


Could becoming a Driving Instructor be a solution for you? 


Work Locally | Choose The Days and Hours You Work | Be Your Own Boss (Explore the possibility with this FREE book) 


Physical Book sent in the post for FREE (This is not a typical PDF) 

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At this early stage, it’s just a thought that you may wish to explore further. It’s not my intention to persuade or influence, but merely run the idea by you. Many people request the book and after reading decide it’s not for them and that is exactly why I like to send the book out. At least you have explored the possibility and you can continue your search for a solution to your work/lifestyle balance.


Many people read the book and then wish to explore further by having a meet up to see how they would fit into the team once qualified.


We send a lot of books out to the local area and that helps us to find new people who wish to pursue this career change and join us at the school.


Requesting the book can be life changing and it might be life changing for you also!


You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.


Simply add your postal details to the form and book will be sent the next day.


Whatever you decide, I appreciate your visit and hope you find what you are looking for.


Warm regards,


Matt Shurmer – Owner Matt Shurmer Driving School. 

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 Many people dream of changing their current job and improving their lifestyle until the opportunity has passed them by. 


Your opportunity is right now!


My name is Matt Shurmer and that definitely applied to me on both counts back in 2005.


At the time I was working locally as a primary school teacher. The job paid reasonably well and I had a set structure to my working week.


I mostly enjoyed the job but there was a huge trade off.


During my 10 years as a teacher, I spent a lot of my evenings and weekends planning, marking and constantly thinking about the job I was currently doing. 


 It would seem that I am not alone! 


 Of course, I am not alone and during the past fifteen years, I have conducted hundreds of interviews with people that have similar stories to tell.


I have had the opportunity to meet a very diverse group of people and they all have one thing in common.


They are either “owned” by their job and their employers or they lack any type of job satisfaction, recognition or long-term prospects.


Some of the people that I have met have extremely demanding jobs and the huge salaries to match but at some stage, the constant demands often place a strain on family life.


Others will find themselves in mundane jobs where they often spend 50 weeks of the year looking forward to their annual holiday and tolerate a mind numbing and often unrewarding existence.


Going to work on a Monday morning and wishing it were Friday is sadly the norm for many as life passes them by. 


The decision that completely changed my life!


 I missed a lot of the ‘family time’ due to the stress and the pressures of work, and when the stress finally took its toll on my body by making my lungs collapse on a consistent basis, I decided that that was the time to explore other options.


I realised that I loved driving and being in the car. I still enjoyed the ‘teaching’ part of the job I was doing, so the thought of being able to combine the two things I enjoyed the most seemed logical to me.


I made contact with a local driving school that offered training and signed up straight- away. I realised that I could do nothing to replace those lost years but unless I took some action I could be tolerating the same sacrifices for the next 20 years. 


 Finally, a new start after wasting many years of my life.


 I became a driving instructor in January 2006 and worked with a national driving school until 2007.


 I then went independent and was very proud to be operating with my name on the tuition vehicle as I build a solid local reputation.


 I was attracting more work than I could handle and in 2009, I took on my 1st franchisee (who is still with me) and made the transition to becoming a driving school.


 Now, towards the end of 2019 Matt Shurmer Driving School iss operating with 21 franchised instructors.


Some of those franchisees that joined me back in the early days are still with me but many of the instructors that we have trained, have left to set up their own businesses and become independent.


 The reason I mention this is because you may prefer to be in a position where you are working under the umbrella of Orpington's largest driving school, with all your marketing and administration taken care of, or you may be the entrepreneurial type that would like to see your own name “in lights” at some stage and that’s absolutely fine of course.

Do any of the following examples apply to you?


  • You work long hours and you are sacrificing family time
  • You have no choice over the days you work
  • You work at weekends when family time is most important
  • You take holidays when your employer chooses
  • Your job is unrewarding and you have become stale
  • You receive no recognition for your efforts
  • You arrive at work on Monday longing for Friday
  • You are fed up working for someone else (employer)
  • You would like to become your own boss and call the shots
  • You would like to choose the days and hours you work
  • You would like to work in the local area without commuting
  • You have an entrepreneurial streak to start your own business


​If the answer is YES, then maybe a new career as a Driving Instructor might be the solution for you! 


 Have I have aroused your interest so far? 


 If so, you will no doubt have a hundred and one questions regarding the training, the job, the money, the costs and what its actually like working as a driving instructor.


The best possible way for me to give you a completely unbiased and extremely comprehensive view of the industry and what its really like, is to send you a FREE book.


 The world, really is your oyster.


I have been sending out the books for the past 5 years and as a result, we have trained a number of local people but many that receive and look through the book decide it’s not quite right for them. That’s absolutely fine- at least they explored the possibility rather than simply accept their current situation.

The purpose of the book is not to persuade or convince you in any way but to give you an insight to what may be a solution for you.


 You have nothing to lose and maybe everything to gain. Twenty minutes of your time could turn out to be life changing as it was for me!

​Your contact and postal details will be used to send the book out to you. They will not be passed to any third party or used for any other reason other than detailed here. 


 Training is now available in the following towns: 
Bromley, Orpington, Sidcup, Sevenoaks and surrounding areas 

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. 

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Benefit from true family values that have been the backbone of the driving school's success since 2007.

'I'm Matt and I'm immensely proud to have built Matt Shurmer Driving School from scratch, starting as a single operator in 2007 to where we currently teach approximately 300 lessons every week.

The business has been built by supplying quality instruction to our learner driver customers." 

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 "The Ultimate 68- Hour Driving Instructor Training Course" 
in the Bromley, Orpington, Bexley, Sevenoaks and surrounding areas.


   The Ultimate Training Course 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 3 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)

We will offer a personal 1-1 service throughout the course and 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 allow a highly successful training structure. There is plenty of flexibility built in so the 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- 3 hours at a time).


​This keeps you in frequent contact with your personal trainer, constantly motivated and allows adequate time for your home study between training sessions. 

 Lucy and Simon are our Acreditted* Heads of the Instructor Training Program.

Both have taught learners drivers for a number of years, and are a major part of our team.

They have gained invaluable experience in teaching learner drivers and developing fully qualified instructors to reach their own maximum potential.

* ADI Course- Planning & Design
* Standards Check preparation
* Part 1 & 2- Managing Training Sessions
* Part 3- Managing Training Sessions (Phase 1 & 2)
- Recap at start
- Roleplay rules
- Faults Simulation
- Dual Roleplay
- Preset Tests 

Overview

 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 only with our Head Trainers.

(It's for this reason that we can only accept a limited number of trainees in the program at any one time)

Our strategy is to offer quality for a few rather than conveyor belt training for many.

When you consider how the ADI qualification is structured, it really is an effective, logical and simple system.

Part 1: Demonstrate you know the theory of driving and teaching in a car.

Part 2: Demonstrate you can drive to a very high standard.

Part 3: 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 instructor for their tests.

This approach is far too rigid, lacking any integration of driving or instruction practice  during Part 1 training.

The 'Ultimate Training Course' below has a proven and highly successful track record, following a very structured approach to maximise your learning potential. 

Part 1: 6 Hours

 You will be supplied with all of the DVSA 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 28 tests in total and the Part 1 Study Guide will 'extract' ALL the information you require, not just to pass the exam but, more importantly, give you the sound knowledge required for the rest of the course.

The lowest score (Part 1 Exam) achieved in over six years using this resource has been 94%. 


 There will be 3 two- hour 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. 


 Driving Assessment (2 hours):

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 not taken any 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 to as you will be able to practice in your own vehicle in- between sessions with your trainer. 


 Practical Sessions (2 x 2- hours):

You will also receive two practical sessions at this early stage on the principles of teaching and learning to give you an insight into 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 shy away from, or don't attach any importance to, this procedure but a brief insight into the above subjects will bring you an 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.

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. 

Part 2: The test of your driving ability: 12 Hours

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 12 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 2 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 just 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.

BEWARE.

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 though, 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.

Part 3: 50 Hours

 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 a 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. 


Importantly, we give you an additional 10 hours above the industry standard 40 hours to make sure that you will breeze through the part 3 test.

BEWARE, the pass rate is only 25% across the country! 

Training Summary

 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)  


 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 Matt on 0333 772 9897 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 and visit me here where you can meet both myself and Lucy or Simon.

I can then show you exactly how you would fit in to 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 Bromley. 

Will you have enough work once qualified?

 It is vital that you check out your chosen training provider to see what the prospects of work are in Bromley, Orpington and surrounding areas.

Even the national driving schools such as Red and the AA have very limited presence in our local area with just a few tuition vehicles between them.

Matt Shurmer Driving School currently teach approximately 600 lessons a week and operate with 21 local instructors in Bromley, Orpington, Sidcup, Sevenoaks, Dartford, Bexleyheath and Welling.

In todays internet economy a presence on page one of the Google search returns is an absolute must (go now and Google any of the local providers).

Training providers will all promise the earth but look carefully in the local areas and check out the amount of driving school vehicles you see!

Why do we have the edge?

* We have full time staff at our office to take and book calls during working hours.

* We operate a pre-payment scheme for Customer Convenience

* We have over 1600 Local Test passes on our website

* We have over 1000 Customer Reviews on our website.

The process to train to become a driving instructor should be kept separate from working as a driving instructor after you qualify.

You should not be tied in to any particular driving school as it may not be the best option for you and you would lose your freedom of choice.

Many training companies will offer discounted training courses but the hidden cost is often to be tied in on watertight contract for one to two years after qualification. This may seem like a “good” idea initially as it would seem to guarantee you work.

Unfortunately in many cases you end up with a monthly franchise fee to pay with very little work to support it.

We offer all our trainees a guaranteed position at Matt Shurmer Driving School once qualified but the BIG difference is:

It’s your choice.

You are free to join another driving school or start up on your own if you wish.

We are very good at marketing and our website sells close to £500,000 in lesson sales each year., and we generally turn away over £1,000,000 of lesson sales each year as we don't have enough instructors to service the lessons.