Driving school puts out urgent call for people to become instructors in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas

THE founder of a driving school is looking for more instructors to join their ‘first-class team’ as demand has increased for driving lessons.

Driving-Pro, which offers lessons in and around Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham, Gosport and Waterlooville, has been helping learners pass their tests since 2014.

Its founder Liam Greaney said it has seen a huge increase in interest post-lockdown, with is firm receiving up to 300 enquiries a week.

With a current team of 10 instructors, Liam from Southsea said he urgently needs to expand the team to meet the increased demand.

Driving instructor Glen Robbins and Liam Greaney, founder of Driving Pro, in front of an instructor's car. Picture: Matthew Clark

He said: ‘Now is the best time ever to become a driving instructor, there is a huge demand that we are unable to meet.

‘We’re looking for people who are good with people, people people if you like. You need to be a good communicator, articulate, reliable and able to have fun.’

For those without previous experience as a driving instructor, Driving-Pro offers training, with experienced instructors Doug Drinkwater and Glen Robbins having more than 50 years of experience between them.

With no contracts or upfront fees and available on a pay-as-you-go basis, the training consists of three parts starting with a DBS check, followed by a theory test, a practical test and instructor training, which will be catered to suit the learner’s needs and abilities, with instructors offering ongoing support throughout the process.

Liam Greaney, founder of Driving Pro, standing in front of a branded instructor's car. Photo by Matthew Clark

However, Liam said the support does not stop once the instructors are fully qualified, as they have access to a private Facebook group and monthly breakfast meetings with their fellow instructors to offer guidance and support to one another.

Driving-Pro driving instructors are able to work flexible hours to suit their lives outside work, with Liam emphasising the importance of instructors having a work-life balance in order to continue doing the things they enjoy and spend time with family and friends.

He also highlighted the job satisfaction of being a driving instructor and how rewarding the job can be.

He said: ‘Being a part of someone’s life for a period of time and supporting them to achieve their goals, it’s great job satisfaction’.

Although lockdown caused driving lessons and tests to come to a standstill several times over the past 18 months, Driving-Pro is eager to make up for lost time and needs more instructors to join the team.

Applicants need to be at least 21 years old, with minimum three years driving experience and must not have been disqualified in the past four years.

For more information and to apply go to driving-pro.com or call 07490181372.

Story by Sophie Murray

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