Automation Not a Factor For Many Years in the Trucking Industry.

Many young people are concerned that automation will limit the amount of truck driving opportunities soon.  This is just not the case for the foreseeable future for an industry that is facing a severe driver shortage that could exacerbate disruptions to supply chains caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Approximately 300,000 truck drivers in Canada move an estimated $850-billion worth of goods annually, including $550 billion in imports and $300 billion in exports. While automation is expected to replace some drivers in the long-term, it’s not going to solve the labour shortage anytime soon. 

Some estimate it will be at least 10 to 15 years before automation will have any impact at all on employment. Many are suggesting that like an airplane pilot, drivers will still be a necessary part of the driving equation to complete the supply chain.

With the average wage of a professional big rig driver closing in on $70,000CDN, trucking is a great opportunity to take your career to the next level.  First Class is the best educator for Class 1 and Class 3 licensing in Manitoba.  With locations in Thompson, Winnipeg and Brandon, there is a school close to you. Once you graduate, we have the relationships with the transport community to get you the introduction that you need to start your new career. 


Now is the time to change your future for the better.  Contact us today to discuss your new career as a long haul driver. 

CERB Benefit Will Expire – What’s Next For You?

The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit has been a big help to those whose jobs have been affected by the COVID crisis.  Although the benefit has been extended for a few weeks, what will you do when it runs out?


Maybe it’s time to think of a new career that is insulated from almost every economic downturn, and that is becoming a Class 1 driver. Most goods on the planet are transported by semi-truck. Regardless of how other sectors are performing, the supply chain stays open. If you want to know during the next pandemic that you won’t be downsized, now is the time to register for the next Class 1 training from First Class Training Centre.


First Class is the premiere education centre for Class 1 and Class 3 licensing in Manitoba.  With locations in Thompson, Winnipeg and Brandon, there is a school close to you. Once you graduate, we have the relationships with the transport community to get you the introduction that you need to start your new career. 
Enjoy your CERB while it lasts. Now is the time to change your future for the better.  

Contact us today to discuss your new career as a long haul driver.

First Class Training Resumes Class 1 Courses

Manitoba’s premiere Class 1 license educator is back online. Courses have resumed and the staff at First Class have added many safety precautions to ensure that all students are safe as they train to be professional drivers during the pandemic. To ensure the safety of our students and instructors, we are providing masks for everyone.  Multiple hand sanitizer stations have also been added. Dividers have been built on all tables to ensure student separation. Our training trucks are sanitized after each use.  All students and staff are subject to temperature checks on a daily basis.
Now, all 3 Manitoba locations are operating, providing the best training for future drivers. Wherever you are located in Manitoba, a First Class Training Centre is near you.

We understand that many of you may have lost your jobs due to the pandemic.  Now is the time to consider a new career that will insulate you from this ever happening again.  You will be a part of an essential service team transporting goods and services where they are needed most.


You deserve a better career option. You deserve a proud career option. Give us a call at First Class to learn more…

Professional Truck Driving Jobs Don’t Evaporate in Pandemics

Are you at home right now, struggling with not going to work?


In these troubled times, many Canadians find themselves stressing about whether they can make rent or put food on the table. Perhaps they are still waiting for their first government cheque to cover some of the living expenses. Meanwhile, essential workers are being applauded and appreciated by society as their efforts are keeping critical parts of the economy functioning.


Professional truck drivers fall into the essential worker category. Their work to keep supply chains intact for food and medical supplies is not only necessary, but courageous as well. Class 1 drivers are being noticed by news outlets for their dedication and work ethic. Many folks, realizing the important role that truckers are playing, are lining highways and waving hand-made signs with “Thank You” stencilled on.


Maybe it’s time that you considered how essential your current work really is, and think about a career as a professional Class 1 driver.  First Class Training Centre is the most respected Class 1 educator in Manitoba. Why not give us a call to discuss your future today.  Although our classes are shut down until it’s safe to resume, we would be pleased to talk with you about why a future as a professional driver is becoming more respected and appreciated with each passing day. 

You deserve better.

Thanks To All Our Essential Workers (Especially the Truck Drivers)

At this time of uncertainty, we would like to thank all of our essential workers throughout Manitoba that are providing necessary goods and services. 
It goes without saying that we are especially thankful  and proud of the hundreds of professional truck drivers that are keeping essential goods and services flowing in and out of our province. These drivers are risking their health in order to ensure supply chains for groceries, medical supplies and other goods remain viable during these troubling times. 


We wish all our past, present and future students good health and remind everyone to practice the government protocols of social distancing and extreme hand hygiene while we all deal with the silent threat that has turned all of our lives upside down. 


As of March 18th, First Class Training Centre has suspended all training. Please check back regularly for further updates.


Stay safe.

Update during COVID-19

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020

After much consideration and concern for the health of our instructors and students we have decided to suspend training as of Wed March 18th for the next 3 weeks.

We want to do our part to help reduce the spread of this virus and social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. Student and instructors being confined in the truck cab does not follow the recommended protocols of social distancing thus our reason to stop training.

Once we have more information we will be contacting current students and future students with start dates to begin training again.

We will have minimum office staff available should you have questions. Please feel free to call our office.

Thank you for understanding and remember to stay safe out there. We will all get through this if we all try to do our part.

UPDATE

During this very uncertain time we at First Class are watching the COVID-19 situation very closely as the health and safety of our employees and students is our number one priority. We will continue to be cautious to ensure we are keeping safety measures in place.
We will continue to keep our staff and students updated as we get more information from the Manitoba Government but until then we will continue training while we keep a close eye on the situation. Right now we are taking this as a day to day situation.

Everyone be safe out there.

https://www.canada.ca/…/d…/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

New Location Expands Footprint for First Class Training of Winnipeg

Due to our expanding student load, First Class Training Centre is moving to bigger premises in April 2020. The former premises of Murray Kozie Trucking at 485 Lucas Ave will soon be the home of Manitoba’s premier truck driving school. The new location will allow for expanded Class 1 and Class 3 classroom space where students will still enjoy one of the best student to instructor ratios in the industry.  First Class offers one of the best Class 1 driver training schools in Manitoba


Find out why we are expanding. Our success is your success.  There has never been a better time to become a professional driver. 

New Home of First Class Training Centre


Learn more about why a big rig driving career is one of the fastest paths to a well-paying and rewarding job. If you want the best opportunity to be placed in the transportation industry upon graduation you’ll find out why most firms consider First Class Training Centre as the premier educator for Class 1 drivers in Winnipeg, Brandon and now Thompson Manitoba. 

Time for a Career Change? Become a Class 1 Driver Instructor.

Do you have a passion for driving?  Are you looking for a rewarding career where you can share your knowledge and expertise from your professional driving career?  

Due to our recent expansion into Thompson and our expansion of our Winnipeg operations we need great drivers that are looking for a change of career that will keep them close to home.  If you have your Class 1 license and have 4 years experience with a clean driving record, First Class may be the perfect fit for your new career as a Class 1 and Class 3 driving instructor.

If you are already a certified instructor, now is the time to join the top driver educators in Manitoba!  If you’re curious about becoming an instructor, and we can sense your passion for excellence, First Class will train and put you through an instructor course if you are the right fit. 

If you home base is Winnipeg or Thompson Manitoba, and you have the necessary experience, we should talk. 

Jim Campbell, President, First Class Training Centre.

204 632 5302

Jim.Campbell@fcdriver.com

Driver Shortage in Canada Will Increase 50% in Next 4 Years

The 22,000 openings for professional drivers will increase to 34,000 in the next 4 years according to a CBC article published in late December 2019.

As many semi-truck drivers slip into retirement, the driver shortage will reach critical mass in Canada. For a career that offers a starting salary of near $50,000 for an investment of only 244 hours of training, why aren’t more people moving towards a career as a long-haul trucker?

Especially if you are 21 years of age, the opportunity is huge. Most states south of the border require you to be 21 or older to cross state lines as a professional driver. That means that you are in demand as a critical component to the growing global logistics puzzle. 

Being in driver demand will lead to faster pay raises and better routes for the cream of the crop. If you’re looking to quickly move ahead in your career, consider leveraging your opportunity by becoming a Class 1 driver.

The good news is that First Class Training Centre is the premier driver training academy in the province. They have the best reputation and the best connections with the transportation industry to get you that important first posting.  

With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon and now Thompson, First Class Training Centre is focused on delivering driver education close to where you are. Take a moment to read the CBC article and then give us a call at 204 632 5302 to discuss how lucrative your future can be. 

First Class Training Centre Expands To Thompson Manitoba

Driver Training Thompson

It is with much excitement that First Class Training Centre is expanding to Thompson.  The new branch will be located in the University College of the North, 55 UCN Drive, in Thompson. 

The identical 244 hour Class 1 training course offered to 100’s successful students in Winnipeg and Brandon will be available to Thompson residents starting January 3rd in 2020.

If you are a Thompson (or surrounding area) resident and you are interested in starting a rewarding career as a professional driver, please learn more about the course by clicking here, or by contacting Shelley Le Texier at 1 866 627 8500 (ext 8601), or email sletexier@ucn.ca.

Learn why First Class Training Centre is Manitoba’s premier truck driver training program and is a respected partner to many of Manitoba’s transport providers.