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?

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…