Having passed parts 1 & 2 of the qualifying examinations, and completed 40 hours of instructional training, you are entitled to apply for a trainee licence to give instruction. The license is valid for six months and must be fully supported by a qualified instructor. There are strict regulations laid down by the DSA regarding the supervision of trainee instructors, this involves monitoring the instructors' performance with pupils and giving further training. All driving schools operating the trainee licence, scheme must have one qualified Instructor for each trainee working for the school.

The experience gained whilst working on a trainee licence is very useful when taking the test of instructional ability, although it is by no means essential. 'Apollo Driving Tuition' supports the trainee licence scheme and would be happy to consider an application from a trainee.

Most driving instructors work an average of 40 hours per week, however because the majority of driving instructors are self employed, the final decision on how many hours you work is entirely up to you. The demand for driving lessons is such that you may decide to take advantage of the demand and work lots of hours for several months; you could then reduce your workload for a while to have some free time with your family. The demand is always there and many of your pupils will be flexible, due to shift work and college timetables.

The following figures are an example of potential earnings, but are not a guarantee of what all instructors earn; each instructor will have different needs.

40 hours @ £25 =£1,000 per week
Less average expenses:
Diesel:     £55 p/w
Approx Car running cost:  £80.00 p/w
Average earnings:       £865 PER WEEK

This could be is if you supplied your own car and worked solely for yourself. We know many instructors who can achieve this. Plus they have a waiting list and can increase their profit by doing extra lessons.

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