Karl Satloka, a regional chairman of the Motor Schools Association and an experienced trainer with the TTC Group is encouraging more driving instructors’ to join the TTC Group as one of the best course providers in the UK.
“Although being a Driving Instructor can be a rewarding career, it can be one that is isolated and sometimes quite stressful,” said Karl Satloka, North East regional chairman of the Motor Schools Association of Great Britain, and an experienced trainer with the TTC Group, a UK leader in road safety education.
“Taking the decision to realign your career path and becoming involved with coaching on diversionary courses adds to job satisfaction and plays a significant part in improving drivers’ skills, knowledge and awareness, helping to reduce road casualties,” he said.
“It gives you a different outlook on life. Every day is different and I really enjoy meeting people from all walks of life,” said Karl (66), the first Approved Driving Instructor to be recruited by the TTC Group to run diversionary courses in South Yorkshire.
Karl coaches, trains and organises courses for drivers who have committed road traffic offences and have been given an opportunity by police to attend an educational intervention delivered by the TTC Group.
There are courses aiming to improve speed awareness skills, assist drivers who make errors behind the wheel, or who have minor collisions as well as those who deliberately ignore the rules of the road.
“As driver trainers we put the seeds in the minds of motorists to change their driving behaviour for the better. We often have people shaking our hands after a course saying they have learned a great deal and are glad they attended. They find the courses informative.
“I feel I am making a positive contribution to road safety. Everyone takes something away from the TTC Group courses which I believe are probably the best in the business.
“Newly qualified instructors should consider the longer term future contribution they can make and get more teaching qualifications, do fleet driver training and maintain their driving techniques with an advanced drivers’ qualification.
“There is a good life beyond the L plate,” added Karl.
The TTC Group runs courses for police in 14 UK regions and are currently recruiting nationwide for new trainers.
“We educate 300,000 drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians each year to cut road deaths and injuries and we are always interested in hearing from positive, forward thinking driving instructors who, like Karl, are interested in making a positive contribution towards creating safer roads,” said TTC Group director Alan Prosser.
There is also the opportunity to educate young drivers, the corporate sector, and get involved in vocational training and drugs and alcohol rehabilitation. Praised by Investors in Excellence for being “passionate” about road safety, the TTC Group is one of the largest providers of courses for the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS), an educational alternative to prosecution for some road traffic offences and are at the forefront in delivering drink drive rehabilitation courses.
They also educate professional LGV drivers and the corporate sector as well as helping local authority road safety teams run education courses and teach cycle and pedestrian safety for adults and children.
Companies can help employees be safer drivers by giving them advice and support over “a lunchtime cuppa” with an innovative offer from the TTC Group which is proactive in managing work related road safety. The road safety organisation, a road safety pioneer with more than 20 years experienc