Attitude Goes a Long Way In Your Class 1 Training

Many of you are researching the best Class 1 training school in the province.  At First Class Training Centre, we are confident that we provide the best experience and results for our students.
We understand that many of you are considering a career as a big rig driver because something in your life has suddenly changed and you are in need of a new career start.
Regardless of whether you have lost your job, or you are frustrated with your current employment, or just looking for a fresh start, you will need to come to First Class with a positive attitude and a willingness to work hard to learn the skill sets that you will require to succeed.
The training is intense and detailed.  We believe our curriculum is the best in Canada to prepare you for your work as a professional driver.  We need you to be at your best for the training so that together we can both reach our goals of being great.
During the training, you may feel overwhelmed.  You may doubt your ability to get through it, or you may begin to question whether it was a good decision in the first place. This is a normal reaction and we will help you every step of the way to get through your education and to pass your road test.
We understand that your success is a partnership.  With your positive attitude and a willingness to work hard, we have every chance of success. 
 
The team at First Class Training Centre are the best at what they do.  They are the most respected Class 1 trainer in the province.   Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or rural Manitoba, contact  them today to discuss your next career move.
Together, we can succeed!

Finished High School?  Why Not Start Your Well Paying Class 1 Job in the Fall?

As school winds down and thoughts turn to summer, many high school graduates are wondering…”Whats Next”?
We know that university is not for everyone.  There are many careers that are well paying that do not need the 4 years of training.  If you’re looking to move quickly up the pay scale, there is no faster way than to get your Class 1 license and become a professional semi-truck driver.
We have openings in our 244 hour Class 1 course that starts in September, and graduates in October.  Chances are you can be in a professional driving career before Christmas.  That means that you can begin earning in excess of $40,000 per year by year’s end.
The team at First Class Training Centre are the best at what they do.  They are the most respected Class 1 trainer in the province.   Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or rural Manitoba, contact  them today to discuss your next career move.

CLASS 1 GRADUATES SHOULD EMBRACE AN AUTONOMOUS DRIVING FUTURE

Autonomous driving vehicles are coming.  Certainly, they will be a big part of the trucking industry in the future. Many existing drivers are worried that their jobs will be at stake and this is doing nothing to promote the professional driving industry to young people. Why would they join a workforce that will be obsolete in a few years?

But could autonomous driving actually be a boon to getting millennials into the cab of a big rig?

Some industry experts are suggesting that autonomous semi-trailer trucks could contribute to solving just about every road issue the trucking industry has right now, and it could help to fuel the recruitment of new drivers to the industry.

Equipping any truck with autonomous technology does not mean that the truck doesn’t need a person in the cab. A driver would still be needed in the vehicle, for emergencies, for handling the exit or entrance from the interstates, and for actually driving on the local roads. Current and foreseeable technology suggests there will be limitations with weather, quality of road markings, and other not so common road occurrences.

Autonomous technologies will actually make the job of driving easier, safer and maybe even more fun.

Also, a truly autonomous vehicle isn’t going to be standard anytime soon, especially when you consider just how much is involved for safety and security.  Many industry experts think it will be at least 10 to 15 years before there is a significant industry uptake.  Drivers shouldn’t think it means they’ll be out of work. If anything, they’ll just work differently, and perhaps enjoy their work more.

It may be similar in scope to an airline pilot. Sure, the plane can be on auto-pilot for long stretches of time, but when it comes to important work like landings and take offs, that’s when most people are comfortable in the knowledge that a real person is at the controls.

Over the next decade, the whole trucking experience will change such that it will be appealing to young truck drivers. The technology will be exciting and will engage young people brought up in the digital world. Like an airplane, semis will have so many safety features, graduates of Class 1 licenses will not need as much experience as seasoned road veterans to accomplish the same level of competency and confidence.

Autonomous technology should attract more women to the cab as well. This could really help fill the employment funnel with eager young drivers that may help to solve the global driver shortage.

Why not consider a career as a professional Class 1 driver? Whether you live in Brandon, Winnipeg, or in rural Manitoba, find out why First Class Training Centre is the industry leader in Class 1 and Class 3 training.  If you are looking for the best truck driving school to springboard your career, First Class should be at the top of your list.  Find out why our students recommend First Class to their friends looking for a career as a professional driver.

Manitoba Fall Short in Implementing Minimum Training For Class 1 Licensing.

Good news and bad news. Based on the fallout from the Humboldt tragedy last year, the Manitoba government has stepped to the table by requiring a minimum number of hours of training before someone can get behind the wheel of a big rig.  The 121 1/2 training hours that will be required are consistent with Saskatchewan and Alberta, which also moved to bring in mandatory training since the Broncos crash. It came into effect this month in both provinces.
Although 121 plus hours is a big improvement, is this enough?
 

Most industry members suggest that the government has fallen short in providing the public with the industry-accepted standard for registered schools of 240 hours, or six weeks of training.

Jim Campbell, president of First Class Training Centre agrees with what the industry recommends; “Our Class 1 License course is 244 hours. Our industry partners know that when they hire a First Class Training Centre graduate that they are getting an individual that is truly road ready. The minimum training is a good first step, but the government needs to listen to the industry rather than come up with some half baked number.”

With offices in Winnipeg and Brandon, First Class Training Centre is the most respected Class 1 educator in Manitoba. We continue to receive positive feedback from the industry as to how well our recruits are trained and how quickly they can be assimilated into the workforce. If you are looking for the fastest path to the best paying semi-truck driving jobs, First Class is the place for you.

Why The Best Class 1 Training Will Result in the Best Job Prospects.

By 2024, Canada’s trucking industry will face an expected shortage of 34,000 drivers. Although government and industry are pursuing various tactics to reduce the shortage, a significant gap will be likely in less than 5 years.

As many professional drivers approach retirement age, an opportunity exists for the best young recruits to be well positioned to dictate favourable terms when they enter the workforce.

Those graduates of semi-truck driver training that have attended a quality school that is well recognized and respected by the industry will have the upper hand in securing a great starting position.

We continue to receive positive feedback from the industry as to how well our recruits are trained and how quickly they can be assimilated into the workforce. If you are looking for the fastest path to the best paying professional driving jobs, First Class is the place for you.

Whether you live in Brandon, Winnipeg, or in rural Manitoba, find out why First Class Training Centre is the industry leader in Class 1 and Class 3 training.  If you are looking for the best truck driving school to springboard your career, First Class is at the top of your list.  Find out why our students recommend First Class to their friends looking for a career as a professional driver.

 

Is a Class 1 License That Much Better Than a Class 3 License?

At First Class Training Centre, we get many inquiries for students seeking information about training to attain a Class 3 license. A Class 3 license limits you to the following types of trucks:

A truck with more than two axles or; a combination of vehicles that includes a truck with more than two axles (not including a semi-trailer truck), or; a combination of vehicles consisting of a truck with two axles or Class 5 passenger vehicle, and a towed vehicle with a registered gross vehicle weight of more than 4,540 kg

If you are going to the trouble of upgrading your skills, why wouldn’t you want to upgrade your skills to the point that gives you the most opportunity?

Short term thinking in terms of professional driver training may limit the potential of a student to maximize their career. As an example. If the job driving a Class 3 vehicle disappears, wouldn’t it be better to have more options than less for your next career move?

If you want to make more money early in your career, getting your Class 1 license will generally move you up the pay scale quicker even if the unit you are driving only requires a Class 3 designation.

You’ve chosen the best training facility at First Class Training Centre to give you the best opportunity to further your career.  Why not take full advantage of that training by getting your Class 1 license? Check the availability of our next Class 1 course here.

Whether you live in Brandon, Winnipeg, or in rural Manitoba, find out why First Class Training Centre is the industry leader in Class 1 and Class 3 training.  If you are looking for the best truck driving school to springboard your career, First Class is at the top of your list.  Find out why our students recommend First Class to their friends looking for a career as a professional driver.

 IMMIGRATION COULD EASE CANADIAN TRUCK DRIVER SHORTAGE: WHAT ABOUT TRAINING?

In a recent CBC Article, it was suggested that the chronic semi-truck driver shortage in Ontario could be solved through immigration. This may make sense to ease the labour challenge, but are there any plans to ensure these “new Canadian” drivers are trained to be Canadian road ready.

There has been an outcry from the public to have mandatory training in place for all Class 1 Canadian licenses based on the Humbolt tragedy last year. Unfortunately, the driver responsible had only minimal training before he was allowed to get behind the wheel.

Jim Campbell, president of First Class Training Centre is also concerned about the lack of a national strategy to train driver’s properly. He states; “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of detailed training for Class 1 license applications. We have a responsibility to the public to get this right.”

 The Manitoba Trucking Association recognizes the labour shortage as well. Terry Shaw, the Executive Director adds; “The Province of Manitoba’s most recent Labour Market Information report forecasts that over the next 7 years provincially we need to hire, train and retain over 3,000 truck drivers.  Of 500 specifically listed occupations in Manitoba, truck driver is the 5th most in demand putting it in the top 1% of forecasted net job openings.  This is a common situation across North America.  Because of this, industry and government both are looking at a range of tools to meet this need; immigration being one of those tools.”

Before another tragedy occurs, let’s get a national strategy in place for the training of professional Class 1 drivers. We urge you to contact your local member of parliament to voice your concerns.

First Class Training Centre is the most respected provider of Class 1 education in Manitoba.  First Class has offices in Winnipeg and Brandon and offers the highest standard of Class 1 and Class 3 education in the province.

 

Could Better Training For Truck Driver in Bronco’s Crash Made a Difference?

The Driver of the Semi-Truck that caused the Humboldt Broncos tragedy has pled guilty to 14 counts of dangerous driving causing death. Could better training have prevented this tragedy?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/jaskirat-sidhu-pleads-guilty-humboldt-broncos-1.4969739

We all know that we are not perfect.  Humans make mistakes. It is also a fact that the better trained someone is to perform a task, the less likely they are to succumb to sub-standard performance.

The semi truck driver was not influenced by alcohol or distracted by a cell phone.  The stop sign was clearly marked with a flashing light on top, and signage was posted 400 metres before the intersection.

There’s a reason why airline pilots have to go through hundreds of hours of accreditation in order to earn their license. It trains them to be prepared for most eventualities that will happen.   Training gives them a heightened sense of anticipation of potential challenges.  Unfortunately, Class 1 licensing across many jurisdictions in Canada does not include mandatory training. This leaves many drivers on the road with just a few hours of actual experience.  Can you imagine if the pilot on your next flight had less than 20 hours of training before he or she took off?

It’s time now for the federal government to legislate mandatory training for Class 1 licensing.

First Class Training Centre believes that there is a societal responsibility to train professional driver properly.  That’s why our class 1 training course in the most extensive in the province.  We want our students to be the best equipped to handle any and all driving situations.

First Class believes that being a professional driver means being trained professionally. If you are serious about being road ready when you graduate to your Class 1 license, First Class Driver Training is the best choice to make.  Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or any part of Manitoba, take your professional driving career seriously.

 

Be The Best You Can Be in 2019 With Your Class One License

As 2018 is behind us and we embark on a new year, isn’t it time that you took charge of your life and became a professional driver?

2019 will be your year. A year of change, and a year of growth. This is the year where you realize your personal and earning potential driving a semi-truck. If you want to make a great wage and experience the open road, the trucking industry is ready and waiting.

There is a shortage of drivers.

Many companies are in desperate need of road ready drivers. First Class Training Centre enjoys great relationships with all of the major transport companies in Manitoba. Let us help you to not only get the best training for your Class 1 license, but also benefit from our reputation in the industry.  Long Haul Trucking is one of the fastest routes to making over $50,000 per year.

Contact us today to discuss the possibilities…

Whether you live in Brandon, Winnipeg, or in rural Manitoba, find out why First Class Training Centre is the industry leader in Class 1 and Class 3 training.  If you are looking for the best truck driving school to springboard your career, First Class should be at the top of your list.  Find out why our students recommend First Class to their friends looking for a career as a professional driver.

Call us today at 204 632 5302 to discuss why your future looks bright behind the wheel!

Pros and Cons of Becoming an Owner Operator After You Graduate With Your Class 1 License

Most truck drivers begin their semi-truck driving careers working for a trucking company, which provides the equipment, schedules the loads, and pays the driver by the kilometer.

When you get your Class 1 license and start driving, some professional drivers see the potential in becoming Owner/Operators, meaning that they will buy a truck and handle the business aspects for themselves.

PROS
There is increased earning potential in owning your own truck, as well as a lot more freedom to make decisions about what you’ll carry, where you’ll take it, and for whom you’ll work. Many Owner/Operators enjoy the business so much that they’ll purchase additional trucks and hire more drivers. For the right type of person, it’s an excellent opportunity.

CONS
Like everything, being an Owner/Operator isn’t without its downside. The potential for earning is larger, but so is the risk. All costs of the truck (maintenance, repair, fuel, licensing) will be your responsibility, as is managing loading of your truck. Every moment your wheels aren’t turning or your trailer is empty costs you money.

If you have what it takes to be a successful long haul truck driver (self-motivation, responsibility, and a desire for freedom) it’s likely you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Most people begin their careers by working for someone else, and learning the business from the inside. They then take what they’ve learned (both the things they liked, and those they didn’t) and strike out on their own.

First Class Training Centre has instructors who can prepare you for your career in the road freight industry. We’ll do more than just help you get a license – we’ll help you start a career. We have decades of hands-on experience in the industry, at all levels. Contact us online or call Toll Free 1-(855) 632-5302.

First Class Training Centre is the preferred choice for you Class 1 course in Manitoba.  With offices in Winnipeg and Brandon, First Class has the reputation for delivering the best professional driver training in the industry. Needless to say, we encourage you to compare First Class to the competition.  You’ll quickly find out why First Class is the best training for you!