When it comes to learning to drive, a qualified driving instructor is an essential part of the journey, and can give new drivers the right skills and confidence that they need to hit the road.
Now, more so than ever, is a great time to become a driving instructor as recent events have increased the demand for instructors, as well as the potential for impressive earnings, among other factors. If this sounds like the career path for you, then read on as we explain more about why it’s currently the best time to train as a driving instructor.
The effect of the pandemic
As part of national lockdowns and restrictions, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, driving lessons and tests were completely stopped. In fact, 48% of learner drivers have had a driving test cancelled due to COVID, which lead to a huge number of learners waiting to take a test. According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) there are around 420,000 in a backlog of practical driving tests, with an average waiting time of 17 weeks (at the time of writing).
For some, this means lengthy waiting times as result of delays and cancellations, and a need for additional lessons to refresh their skills and abilities before the test. Training to become a driving instructor now means that you could meet that demand, and obtain a packed schedule of learner drivers who are eager to get back behind the wheel, after a very long time off the road.
The coronavirus has also made people think about the way in which we travel and interact with others in public, and there has been a continuous divergence from using public transport as a result. This has encouraged people to look at getting their own vehicles, learn how to drive, and therefore has increased the demand for lessons even further.
A rise in eligible learner drivers
Not only have the effects of the pandemic meant that there has been a huge increase in demand for driving lessons, but there is also expected to be in a rise in the number of people who are the right age to start learning to drive.
According to some reports, there was a baby boom in the early 2000s, and so there will be a surge of potential learners who have or will be turning 17 years old this year — a trend that is expected to continue upwards into 2025! This is the most popular age to start learning to drive, so once again, there is a significant need for more qualified driving instructors, and you could capitalise on this!
It’s not just the teens that want the independence that comes with knowing how to drive. In a year that has seen plenty of people change career or are looking for new employment, one way to boost their CV and employability potential is with a valid driving licence.
With so many people in need of lessons, there’s no time like the present to grasp a new opportunity, train and become a driving instructor, helping the diverse range of people to achieve a valuable life skill.