We are constantly learning. The saying, 'Everyday is a learning day' may well be true but do we choose to stop our learning, for example, when we pass a test because we think we now know everything there is to know?
Think about the driving test - once we have overcome this hurdle and passed the test do we consciously stop trying to improve and just do our own thing believing there is nothing left to learn? Is this a possible reason why drivers are so at risk of being involved in a crash within the first six months of passing the driving test?
Does the same apply to the ADI Part 3?
Do we qualify as driving instructors and believe that we have learned all there is to learn? Clearly, we will practise to consolidate the learning that has already taken place but without a plan for development, even this learning will eventually dissipate and be forgotten.
Learning is most effective when it is fun and inspiring. It benefits us by growing our understanding of how people learn, which, in turn, enhances the training we deliver and helps us structure activities with clear goals our learners can achieve. To be expert in our role we need to stay up to date with the latest thinking and changes to road safety and driver training. We know through history that everything changes and the best ways of today will be out of date tomorrow. It is essential that we continue to learn and to develop. Ask yourself what would you look for in a trainer and aspire to be better than that.
We have discovered that those, who embrace learning, tend to become more successful and reap greater rewards than those who do not ... it seems fairly obvious really ... better trained people produce better results.
Tri-Coaching Partnership developed the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development six years ago and since then hundreds of ADIs have gone down this path to improve themselves and their business. The path can be challenging but ultimately it brings rewards.
Our customers have been able to diversify their business either alongside TrI-Coaching Partnership as one of our trainers or on their own.
Here are just a handful of opportunities that the BTEC 4 has delivered for driving instructors: