Become a Driving Instructor

As well as being one of Scotland's premier independent driving schools, ProScot is also one of the most rapidly expanding driving schools in Scotland.

Instructing with ProScot

As well as being one of Scotland's premier independent driving schools, ProScot is also one of the most rapidly expanding driving schools in Scotland. The high standard of training and service offered by our instructors and reputation of the school ensures a constantly high level of demand for our driving lessons.

We are currently looking for instructors from all over Scotland to join the ProScot team. We offer one of the most competitively priced franchises around, which, combined with the full back-up of our successful driving school, will help to ensure you succeed as a driving instructor.

We prefer to recruit instructors who have undertaken ProScot's Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) training programme and select only those who are able to meet our exacting standards. However, opportunities are also available for non-ProScot trained instructors to operate under our banner, providing they meet our high standards and successfully complete an interview and assessment. See typical earnings below.

A Franchise with ProScot

ProScot has a range of franchises which have been developed to meet the needs of individual instructors, enabling them to operate with the full support of a highly-respected organisation, while retaining the independence, flexibility and earning potential of a sole trader.

Before signing up to a driving instructor franchise, always check it's going to provide everything you need. In our opinion, a franchise which is too expensive, cannot provide enough work, provides work over a large area (wasting time and increasing fuel costs) or provides work which largely consists of discounted lessons should not be top of your list!

At ProScot, we believe that a good driving instructor franchise should be flexible, should provide a steady supply of pupils in your area at the required times, should provide full support at a competitive cost and should enable you to make a decent living - all part and parcel of a ProScot Franchise.

What will I earn as a ProScot driving instructor?

On average, our instructors typically work 40 hours per week over 46 weeks and take 6 weeks holiday per year. Some of our instructors choose to work less hours than this and some choose to work more.

This provides average instructor net earnings of £31,786 per annum before Tax and NI (this includes up to 6 weeks holiday per year franchise free).

Calculations:

Average hourly rate £24 an hour

Average hours worked per week 40

40 x £24 = £960 Gross income

Franchise and car (Mini Cooper Diesel) costs - £179

Fuel - £90

Net weekly earnings: £691

(We have some instructors working more hours and earning over £40,000 per annum)

Tax levels when you're self employed is typically lower than PAYE at around 18%. There are tax deductible items such as clothing, phones, heating, electricity, mortgage as part of your home is used as your office, and you do not need to supply a vehicle for work and fuel back and forth. So, you would need to earn typically well in excess of £35,000 PAYE to earn an equivalent income for a 40 hour week with 6 weeks holiday.

(The above figures are based on current lesson prices, fuel and car cost's. Last update: July 2014).

The Devils In the detail!

For those of you who like to read and would prefer a fuller explanation, we advise you make a cup of coffee or tea first before settling down to a good read.

John Macdonald, Director describes the benefits of a ProScot franchise:

"I see lots of Franchise organisations quoting high earning potential for their instructors, but the reality is that this cannot be backed up if they constantly promote cheap introductory offers and command low lesson prices. This is not a workable or sutainable business model for any instructor.

I'm a realist who tells it like it is, I've been in this business for many years and so the figures you see are real and honest based on over 18 years' experience.

ProScot provide an unlimited number of pupils to our instructors, basically our instructors can take as many pupils from us as they need, it's all included in the cost of the weekly franchise fee. We do not give an instructor a franchise with us if we are unable to support them with a full diary, yet some franchise organisations do just that. The instructor is often tied into a 12 month contract with a franchise which does not supply either enough work or low value work and sometimes both! These instructors can quickly find themselves in debt to the franchise and by the time they pay for the weekly franchise fee and fuel there is often nothing left over to live on! It's simple at ProScot if we are unable to provide a full diary we would not have given the instructor a franchise with us in the first place.

ProScot provide an average of 50 - 60 pupils per year per instructor. New instructors typically need about 75 pupils in their first year (which ProScot provide), this number tends to reduce as the newly qualified instructors generate word of mouth and retain their pupils better. Each instructor can also generate some of their own word of mouth pupils, potentially another 10 - 30 pupils per year depending upon how well established they are and how popular they are with their pupils.

So what is the benefit to an instructor if a franchise guarantees you 75 new pupils per year if those pupils are all based on cheap deals and offers such as the first 10 lessons for £99 or the first 5 lessons for £50 etc? The average driving instructor has overheads of between £10 - £12 an hour so you earn almost nothing for your first 5 or 10 hours of work and then the pupil leaves you just as your offer ends and you were about to earn some money! Would you want to work each week for 10 hours for free? Probably not and neither would most instructors given the choice.

The ProScot model is not based on this approach, we value our instructors and our name and reputation too much, if our instructors are not making money, they would become disillusioned and leave and then ProScot are not making money! I learned a long time ago that if I wanted our instructors to remain loyal and stay with our school we would need to look after them. This meant keeping our instructors busy with quality students in their local area at times that suit their lifestyle with good lesson rates. I like to think that our franchise offers the best of being a sole trader with being with a good franchise. Does that mean none of our instructors have left us? No! Some still do, and it is usually beacuse they are being kept busy enough to try and make it as a sole trader. From experience about 75% of them are no longer full time instructors. It is not as easy as some think to keep a constant stream of quality work rolling in to maintain a full diary and that is exactly what a good franchise should do for you. Take the stress of wondering where the next pupil is coming from to let you concentrate on being an instructor.

Each pupil usually provides an average of between 35 to 40 hours worth of work (the DVSA quote 44 hours).

Instructors can average a dropout rate of between 10% - 30% (these are pupils who take a few lessons and dropout for various reasons; did not like the car, the instructor, driving was not for them, ill health, change of circumstances, lack of finances etc.).

To maintain an average of a 40 hour a week over 46 weeks, most instructors need to average about 44 hours a week from March - October and about 32 hours per week from November to February. An instructor therefore requires about 60 pupils per year to average a 40 hour week over 46 weeks.

A ProScot instructor only needs 6 - 8 pupils per year from ProScot (even with an average 20% drop out rate) or the income from the first 5 hours of lessons each week to cover the weekly franchise cost. In other words, we ask for £5000 per year for a franchise (car costs are transparent and would be the same for a sole trader) and ProScot supply an average of £45,000 - £50,000 of work, factoring in a 20% drop out rate.

ProScot command some of the highest hourly rates in their area, our model is not built on cheap deals and introductory offers as we feel this simply undermines the professionalism of the school, the instructor, and the industry. Would you want to offer 10 lessons for £99 or 5 lessons for £50 etc? What image does that portray about you and your school? Quality and professionalism? Generally it tends to attract low value pupils who often leave after the initial offer ends and the cycle of hunting for low value pupils continues and who loses out? The franchise organisation? No, it's generally the demotivated instructor trying to work hard to fund the low value franchise with lost hours and minimum earnings. Quality does not come cheap. As the saying goes "the sweetness of an initial cheap price is long forgotten after the bitterness of poor quality training".

We try to make sure our instructors do not have to travel over a large geographical area, it simply wastes time and fuel. ProScot instructors typically work a 10 mile range (rural based instructors might need to cover a larger area, depending upon the population density). ProScot also believe that our instructors should not have to work mainly unsociable hours consisting of mostly evenings and weekends to earn a living, the majority of our instructors hours consist of daytime midweek lessons.

So basically I would advise keeping away from any franchise which tends to offer low value pupils, promotes cheap introductory offers and low lesson rates, often combined with having to travel large areas with a higher than average percentage of unsociable hours.

ProScot look to recruit professional people to join our team, who would be a credit to themselves, the industry and ProScot. Quality instructors delivering quality training enables us to command good lesson prices and a busy diary for all our instructors. Our customers know that with ProScot they will receive the highest levels of tuition from an established, proven and reliable company."

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What do our learner drivers have to say?

Sam Moonlight

Had a great time learning to drive, every lesson made a change to driving. It was good to learn to drive with ProScot. I would recommend this instructor to anyone. Thanks Ali.

Aidan Lindridge

I have learned so much. I have found confidence I never thought I had. Heather has been a wonderful instructor. I would recommend her to anyone. One of the most graceful women I have ever met. Thanks.

Izabela Kopec

Dave was an amazing instructor. Gave so many good tips and helped me to become confident in driving. I would recommend him highly!

Lauren Donaldson

I've had a great time learning to drive with Heather! I've looked forward to and enjoyed every single lesson. Heather is so calm and easy to get on with. Couldn't recommend her enough!

Nicola Hazle

Michael is a really good instructor, has a lot of patience.

Terry Lawson

An encouraging drive. The knowledge was great and Michael (Taggerty) was friendly. Would recommend.

Sam Eadie

Massive thank you to Andrew McKay for all his support and encouragement and helping me to get through my test first time. Andrew made me feel very well prepared and made the whole experience less daunting as I thought it might have been.

Emma-Louise McHatton

Graeme is the best instructor and I would highly recommend him.

Alasdair Pilmer

Dave has been fantastic throughout my instruction. Wasn't very confident when I started but he was patient and helped me build my abilities. Very pleased, couldn't have asked for more.

Nicola Davidson

Heather has been fantastic, totally puts you at ease and makes learning easier. I would and have already recommended Heather to family and friends.

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