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!

First Class Featured in Brandon Sun – Time for Mandatory Class 1 Training

Take a minute and click here to read the article featured in the Brandon Sun where President Jim Campbell explains the need for mandatory Class 1 training in Manitoba.

First Class Training Centre is Manitoba’s premier Class 1 and Class 3 training provider.  If you are looking for the best truck driving school in Winnipeg or Brandon, First Class is your choice. Find out why our students recommend First Class to their friends looking for a career as a professional driver.

Class 1 Training – Are You Winter Ready?

At First Class Training Centre, we recognize that many of our graduates will be driving in tough winter conditions.  Understanding the challenges of sub-zero driving requires professional drivers to alter their summer driving habits.  At First Class, we spend a lot of time with students to understand what is required to get through the toughest winter tests.

When you are new to semi-truck driving, you need to err on the side of caution.  Although we prepare you for all road conditions, only experience  can dictate when it is not safe to be on the road.  As a professional driver,  you have a responsibility to be safe and be cognizant of the safety of others.

Driving in bad weather, especially in snow and on ice, is risky due to more ‘stop time’ required, poor visibility, poor traction and the increased unpredictability of other drivers on the road.  During your Class 1 training we spend time to ensure you have good maneuvering and skid control skills.  You will need to react quickly if called upon to avoid collisions.

There are many reasons why First Class Training Centre is the trucking industry’s trusted source for road ready Class 1 drivers.  Whether you are in Winnipeg, Brandon or elsewhere in Manitoba, your education is too important to leave to chance.  Learn how to drive with the best in all conditions.  For more information, contact us either at our Brandon or Winnipeg office.

First Class Training Videos Now Available

At First Class Training Centre, we understand that most of our students wanting to become professional drivers are visual learners.  We also know that if you’re not yet a student, you are making your decision on your short or long-haul Class 1 training based on what you see and read online.  To help with your decision, take a minute to watch the short clip that introduces the training videos below.

The best Class 1 and Class 3 educators want you to have every tool at your disposal to help with your training. A video is now the preferred choice of educators serious about providing the best teaching medium.  Simply fill out the form once you click on the video to access full training videos on a variety of topics.

You deserve the best truck driving school for your new career. Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or rural Manitoba, First Class Training Centre is recommended by more of your peers than any other trainer.

 

Humboldt Tragedy Reinforces the Need for Proper Training For Class 1 Licensing

A recent CBC article posted this week showed the disparity of knowledge and training between semi – truck drivers across Canada.  A recent Class 1 licensee from Saskatchewan completed just 16 hours of training before managing to pass his Class 1 license. There is no minimum training requirement for Class 1 applicants in most Canadian jurisdictions.   CBC’s marketplace had the new driver take a series of skill testing road tests with the Ontario Truck Driving School of which you can see how he did by watching the video below
  Click here to watch the video.
Currently Ontario is the only province requiring a minimum of 103 hours of training before they can challenge the Class 1 test.   First Class Training Centre’s Class 1 course is 244 hours.  It’s no surprise that First Class Training Centre has developed the best reputation in Manitoba to provide well trained, road ready Class 1 drivers to the Trucking Industry.  It’s time the Canadian trucking industry institutes minimum training standards across the country.  Perhaps a better trained driver would have meant a better outcome for the Humboldt community.
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 right choice to make.  Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or any part of Manitoba, take your professional driving career seriously.