Double Digit Contract Increase for Trucking Companies in 2021 Bodes Well for New Drivers

 As North America emerges from the pandemic, many are predicting a double digit increase in contracts for trucking companies in 2021. There are many factors that are contributing to this increase, including low retail inventory levels, and the continued growth in online shopping. The only limiting factor in the trucking industry capitalizing on this years’ boost in pricing and contracts are drivers.


As many driving schools were closed during the pandemic, the availability of new long haul professionals was reduced by as much as 40%.  First Class Training Centre was one of the few class 1 driving schools that had very few COVID interruptions of their classroom time. They continued to provide the supply chain with much needed recruits.  As the competition for drivers continues to grow, new recruits can look forward to bidding wars for their services.


That means more money to start, with better benefits.


If you are considering a career as a big rig driver, the best path to a career is through First Class Training Centre. First Class has been open for business in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson throughout the pandemic and continues to safely train a new workforce for the supply chain. Your 244 hour investment is all it will take for doors to open for you to make a meaningful career change. As the best educator for Class 1 and Class 3 training in Manitoba, First Class Training is recognized in the transport industry as the best provider of well trained and road ready drivers for their fleets.  
It’s nice to be wanted – especially if it results in more money in your pocket.. Become a professional driver.  Contact us today to learn more.

Career In Long Haul Trucking Puts You at the Front of the Vaccination Line

In addition to being a great career that delivers a living wage right out the gate, becoming a professional cross border driver does have many more perks including priority vaccination.  The governor of North Dakota and premier of Manitoba have announced that North Dakota will be offering Manitoba truckers a vaccine shot at a North Dakota rest stop near the international border. This means that the almost 4000 cross border drivers can become vaccinated, ahead of schedule. 


Both the US and Canada recognize the importance of a secure and efficient supply chain as essential goods need to move to markets both south and north. This vaccine program will ensure that drivers will be protected so that they can continue to do the important work that they do.


If you are considering a career change to become a professional long haul semi truck driver, your best path forward is with  First Class Training Centre. First Class has been open for business in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson throughout the pandemic and continues to safely train a new workforce for the supply chain. Your 244 hour investment is all it will take for doors to open for you to make a meaningful career change. As the premier educator for Class 1 and Class 3 training in Manitoba, First Class Training is recognized in the transport industry as the best provider of well trained and road ready drivers for their fleets.  

Be a part of something important to the world. Become a professional driver.  Contact us today to learn more.

SUEZ CANAL BLOCKAGE REMINDER OF HOW IMPORTANT SUPPLY CHAIN JOBS ARE


When the Suez Canal was blocked for almost a week, the world’s supply chain held its collective breath. Oil prices increased almost 2% and some countries began to ration fuel.  The world’s attention was focused on this massive container ship that was wedged sideways and wondered how long it would be before more than 10% of global shipping would begin to flow freely again.


The world, your world, depends on a strong global supply chain. That’s why work as a professional class 1 driver is so important in our society. As a long haul trucker, you are a key component of transporting goods to market. These coveted jobs are not going away any time soon.  If you are tired of  bouncing from low paid job to low paid job, it’s time to consider a career in the global supply chain. They need you now more than ever.

Learn more about why a professional 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, Thompson and rural Manitoba.  

Other Career Options Than College Offer Quick Reward in the Post Pandemic Economy

Don’t Like How the Pandemic hi-jacked your job? Many of you may be thinking – that’s it. I’m going back to school so I can have a well paying career that is pandemic proof. The only challenge with that thinking is that for most college degrees, you will be investing a minimum of 4 years for a chance to start on the bottom rung of the professional ladder. 

What if I could tell you that for an investment of only 244 hours and at a fraction of the cost of a post-secondary education, you could have a well paying career that was pandemic proof. It might be time to think about a career as a Class 1 professional driver.

Class 1 Professional Driver

Becoming a professional class 1 driver/operator is a career option worth considering. After completing the intense 244-hour training, you will be able to command a starting salary of  $40,000 to $45,000. Because there is still a huge demand for qualified drivers in North America, your ability to quickly move up the pay-scale is there for the taking. To attract drivers, many trucking firms are offering regular routes to allow operators to enjoy a routine outside of the cab. 

The choice is yours.  By the time you graduate from college, your peers driving a big rig will already have made $100,000+. Spend less time in the classroom and more time earning great money!

Learn more about why a professional 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, Thompson and rural Manitoba. 

Should Vaccine Priority Be Given to Professional Long Haul Truckers?

There is much discussion among Manitoba health administrators as to whom should be prioritized for the vaccine shots that we all are looking forward to getting. I think we are all in agreement that front line health care workers, care home residents, first responders and first nations communities should be first in line.

After that, the choices are not that unanimous.  I would suggest that professional class 1 drivers that are crossing any provincial or international border should be among the first to receive the vaccine. These drivers are more at risk than many essential workers as they are exposed to many different jurisdictions with possibly more strains of the virus to contend with. 
Professional drivers are vital to our inter-provincial and international supply chains. Certainly they should be moved up in the vaccine cue to recognize their contribution during this pandemic.
At First Class Training Centre we take our job as Manitoba’s premier Class 1 educator seriously. We want the best possible training for our student drivers and will advocate for them as they become successful members of the professional driving community. If you get a chance, send your MLA an email advocating for semi truck long haul drivers to be part of the next group to get the vaccine. 

Your voice needs to be heard.  

2020 – A Year to Remember

2020 will go down as a year like no other. The COVID crisis has been a huge disruption to everyone’s life. We know that you’ve gone through a lot, and the pandemic has been challenging both socially and economically. Now that we are on the cusp of a new year, perhaps it’s time to start a new career that is resilient and rewarding. 

Time for Change

A career as a professional Class 1 driver will virtually guarantee a steady income through thick and thin. The demand for drivers remains strong, and the pay is phenomenal.

First Class Training Centre has been open for business in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson throughout the pandemic and continues to safely train a new workforce for the supply chain. Your 244 hour investment is all it will take for doors to open for you to make a meaningful career change. As the premier educator for Class 1 and Class 3 training in Manitoba, First Class Training is recognized in the transport industry as the best provider of well trained and road ready drivers for their fleets.

2021 is your year! Contact Us today to learn how a driving career can change your life for the better. 

The Amazon Effect Bodes Well for a Career In Trucking

Purchasing online has become even more common during the COVID crisis. Many people are now getting everything delivered to their door rather than risk crowds in malls. This “Amazon” effect is projected to continue to gain more traction as we enter 2021 and beyond. 


What most online shoppers don’t realize is that this growth in e-commerce doesn’t continue without a strong trucking industry. Getting online orders from stores and warehouses to your door means that the transport business will continue to be in demand for many years to come. Is the industry that you are currently employed in enjoying this type of growth?


Consider a career as a professional driver.  With your Class 1 license, you can finally have a job that pays well and will be secure for the foreseeable future.  First Class Training Centre is recognized by the transportation industry as the driving school leader in providing trucking companies with road ready recruits to fill the ever growing need to transport goods. With classrooms in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson, there is a school near you that can let you take advantage of global trends that aren’t going away.


Contact us today to learn more if a career as a professional truck driver is right for you. 

Many Older Truckers are Exiting the Industry due to COVID 19

As the majority of Canada’s professional truck drivers are over 45, many have decided to exit the industry due to the risks of COVID 19. These setbacks in the long haul sector will exacerbate an industry already desperate for new recruits. 

The demand for Class 1 drivers in Canada is staggering. The industry will have a shortage of 25,000 truck drivers by 2023. 61% of trucking jobs in Canada reportedly went unfilled in 2019 and it is expected to increase by 25% by 2023.

More women are now entering the professional driving workforce – up to 7% in some provinces. However, this is just a drop in the bucket in the need for more people to get into the industry. 


Like any supply and demand model, it is anticipated that wages for a Class 1 driver will continue to escalate in the coming years. Why not take advantage of an industry that needs you?


Contact First Class Training Centre today to learn how you can accelerate your path to becoming a semi-truck driver with income growth potential combined with job stability.  Your investment of 244 hours is the gateway to a great wage and a great career.  First Class is one of the best driving schools in Manitoba. If you’re going to spend time in school, you may as well be in the premiere class. 


With locations in Thompson, Brandon and Winnipeg, we have education close to all Manitobans.  Call us or Contact Us today to learn more about becoming the best that you can be.  

Second COVID Wave Makes A Career Change to a Professional Class 1 Driver a Great Option.


This week, the Manitoba government is applying some of the restrictions in Winnipeg that were in place during the first wave of the pandemic. If you find yourself in the hospitality industry, this could mean a reduced work week and possibly layoffs.


If you had been collecting the CERB, you now realize that it may be more difficult to get government assistance. The stress of not being able to make ends meet will be trying for many people. Maybe it’s time to get off this hamster wheel and change to a career with great stability and earning power. 


Become a professional Class 1 driver. The demand for drivers is great and the pay is phenomenal.


First Class Training Centre is open for business and safely training a new workforce for the supply chain. Your 244 hour investment is all it will take for doors to open for you to make a meaningful career change. As the premier educator for Class 1 and Class 3 training in Manitoba, First Class Training is recognized in the transport as the best provider of well trained and road ready drivers for their fleets.

Contact Us today to learn how a driving career can change your life for the better.  

Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Professional Driver?

Commercial truck driving is generally categorized  as a driver of a semi-trailer on a long haul route.  For those who want to have the freedom and adventure of being paid to drive across Canada, and the US, long haul domestic and international driving is a dream come true.

Being a long haul driver of an 18 wheeler is not for everyone.  In fact, it is for a very specific breed of individual. Those who drive long haul, have to be self motivated and have the  training and licensing to do so.  Drivers must be able to problem solve, work independently and enjoy their own company. 

If you are feeling the need to get a better career, and enjoy the open road, becoming a professional driver may just be the ticket. If you’re serious, contact Manitoba’s premiere driving education provider – First Class Training Centre. They can give you all the information you need to make this important decision about your future. With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson, the best class 1 or class 3 license training is close to you. 

Are you ready for success?