Upgrading your skills to become a Trainer of ADIs!
As a start point, ideally, you should be good at the job, have scored well at standards check, possess great people skills and be reasonably skilled as a coach. The reason for this is that there is a heavy coaching influence throughout, which is designed to get the learning out of the PDIs rather than putting it in as is the case with a lot of training companies.
Traditionally companies heavily relied on role-play in their training, which most (if not all) PDIs hate.
We should be allowing PDIs to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through series of experiences. this is how human beings are hard wired to learn. Some of the content in this programme is also found elsewhere, but for reasons of ease of navigation it is also included here.
This programme is designed to help you to develop you the skills required to deliver the practical training element of an Instructor Training Course. Throughout the training programme you will be relating everything you do with your PDIs (potential driving instructors) to the real world and in particular use of coaching processes. The programme will likely be vastly different to the way you trained, which was probably very heavily dependent on role-play and putting you in at the deep end without having developed the requisite skills to be able to cope with the situation.
The programme is not designed to train people to pass the qualification exams, or to produce clones of you or anyone else, it is designed to produce quality ADI’s who will become outstanding coaches (it is a by-product that they pass the tests). We want the PDIs to develop a dependable set of skills they will utilise and further develop as they gain experience.
The PDI comes to you with a set of skills already in place and it is your job to help them utilise the skills and knowledge they have already, to be able to turn them into effective ADI’s. There are not as many new skills to develop as you might imagine, they have lived a life to this point that gives them almost all the skills and knowledge they need, i.e., spatial awareness and manual dexterity. Therefore, we need to help them to make connections with their previous experience and knowledge and understand how to utilise them to beneficial effect in a new environment.
The PDIs should be taught the way YOU do it, they must be helped to learn how THEY will do it, which will be a quite different thing. If you do not understand what I mean by that, then you either need to seek help to understand, or go back to Coaching 101 element of your membership and start from there.
We must be helping the PDI to develop, in small easily manageable steps under your careful guidance and care. None of the training should present them with any real difficulties. They have you, their “friend in the business” to help them at every stage of the process.
We will, as a reminder, start the programme with:
- what coaching is (and what it isn’t)
- how we learn
- the role of the ADI
This should help both you and your PDIs identify the skills, knowledge and understanding required to become an ADI. You can then, between you, put together meaningful goals and detailed plans of how to achieve them. Learning out, not learning in!