Article date: 4 April 2007
BSM has launched its new driver training courses by introducing an innovative online computer-based training system.
The move from a classroom approach to a three-part modular approach means part one of the course, involving theory, will be completed through BSM's website - leaving parts two and three for practical training.
As well as receiving continuous, instant email support, the new initiative will see more localised training, with 50 network trainers available to provide dedicated personal training for practical elements of the course.
Newly recruited instructors will receive computer software to access BSM's online instructor academy. Once signed up and logged in, the user will be able to enter the "study zone", an area where they can download videos, corporate diagrams and instructor lessons.
New instructors will also receive a memory stick pre-loaded with information on the three examinations they will sit at the end of the course.
After completing part one, under the Driving Standards Agency's (DSA) current regulations, instructors will have up to two years to complete the programme to become a qualified driving instructor. Subject to the trainee's availability for attending training sessions and access to DSA tests, it is anticipated the average completion time will be six to nine months.
Roger Ison, business manager for BSM, said: "BSM's new training course has quite simply just got better.
"We have listened to our customers and have produced a training course that meets the specific needs of candidates aspiring to be qualified driving instructors.
"The course now accommodates more field-based practical training as opposed to classroom teaching, as we know that our instructors may have other commitments.
"With the greater use of technology, part one allows new instructors to study at their own pace. Introducing more hours for practical training makes sense, as once qualified, the majority of time spent will be in a vehicle and on the road."
BSM/RAC Press office contacts:
Jenny Chapman on 01603 684224/07800 699668 and Adam Cracknell on 01603 684 916/07800 699 517
Notes to editors:
Founded in 1910, BSM is the UK's most experienced national driving school. Each year it teaches over 160,000 learners how to drive. It has approx 3,400 driving instructors across the UK.
While BSM is best known for teaching learner drivers, it is also one of the largest providers of training for driving instructors. It is a founding member of ORDIT (Official Registry of Driving Instructor Training) and plays an active role in lobbying the Government on road safety and learner driver-related issues.
With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.
Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 15%.
RAC's news releases and a selection of images are available from the internet press centre at www.racnews.co.uk.