The course is called ‘aCCeLerate’ and consists of one day in the classroom and one day in the car on a 3:1 basis or 2 days in car, dependent on numbers. There are assignments to complete and these are optional. There is also the opportunity to gain a BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Coaching for Driver Development, in which case, the assignments are compulsory. There will be a certificate of completion for the non-qualification option and a certificate from the awarding body, Edexcel, if the qualification is completed.
The course consists of three modules: module 1 is covered in the classroom and is all about Feedback Skills; modules 2 and 3 are addressed in the car and are Communication Skills, and Structuring Coaching Conversations. A workbook will structure the whole of the two days and this will be handed out in the classroom at the start of the course.
The course gives a detailed overview of client-centred, coaching skills. It could be seen as a stepping stone to coaching and we would expect a number of people would choose to go onto complete the BTEC Level 4, which will be sufficiently different to make it worthwhile. ‘aCCeLerate’ will enable ADIs to adopt a client-centred approach with their clients, which will raise their awareness and build their responsibility so that they can take ownership of their driving and manage their behaviour safely. ADIs completing ‘aCCeLerate’ are likely to find their reputation as an ADI improves as their confidence grows; they will be able to charge more for their driver training; and their work-life balance will improve.
The two day ‘aCCeLerate’ course costs £230 + VAT and £330 + VAT with the qualification