Monthly Archives: March 2013

Choosing the Right Driver Training Program

If you’re planning to become a truck driver, the first step toward your new career is obtaining the skills (and licenses) you need to drive a truck.

Most often, a driver training school is your introduction to the industry. While every one of them promises the same outcome – preparing you for your provincial license exam, some will be a better choice than others.

In the end, it comes down to finding one that fits you. A school that has professional, experienced instructors and modern equipment that genuinely cares about your success (both on the driving test and in your future career) will provide you a better experience than one that doesn’t have these qualities.

First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg has instructors that are certified by the Government of Manitoba, with more than 50 years of combined experience in preparing new drivers to enter our business. We restrict the number of students we take in at any one time, to provide a more personal atmosphere for our students. We’re proud members of the Manitoba Trucking Association, and we’re committed to improving our industry by helping make our students into the best drivers they can be.
Whatever your goals in the trucking industry, First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg can provide the training you need to take the first steps toward a new career in trucking. Our trainers will prepare you to take the Manitoba Class 1 or Class 3 License test.

To find out how our training can put you on the path to the career you want, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

Drivers Wanted

If you’re interested in a career as a truck driver, the future is indeed bright.

First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg is poised to help you take advantage of a considerable need for truck drivers in Canada.

According to a 2012 report on the labour market in the trucking industry, the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council has predicted a significant need for drivers in the upcoming decade, with a particularly large number of opportunities in the next year.

Trucking is a very important business in Canada. Our largest trading partner is the United States, and we exchange most of the raw materials and finished goods that make up our trade with them by road. We have many industries like forestry, mining, and manufacturing that depend almost exclusively on trucks to export materials and bring products to market.

Currently, there is a 4% vacancy rate in the industry (12,000 positions not filled) the majority of which are for drivers. Over the next ten years, 18% of current employees in the sector will become eligible to retire. The industry is expected to continue to grow as well, increasing the demand for qualified drivers. In the next year alone, it’s anticipated that there will be opportunities for approximately 35,000 workers.

The job that is most difficult for trucking companies to fill is Class 1 drivers, so you can expect the highest number of opportunities to be in this area.

To put yourself in a position to take advantage of growth in the Trucking Industry, you need training and a license. First Class Training Centre has instructors with considerable industry experience, small class sizes, and modern equipment, all of which make the school an excellent choice as the place to get your training.

To find out how our training can put you in the driver’s seat, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

Go West! Opportunities for Truck Drivers in the Oil Sands

The petroleum industry in Canada is booming, thanks in large part to the establishment of large extraction operations in the Athabasca oil sands.

Many stories of fantastic opportunities for workers willing to tolerate the harsh weather conditions, long hours, and hard work associated with the industry have been told around the country for more than a decade. Many of them are true.

If you’re interested in a career in trucking, there is ample opportunity in the Oil Sands. According to Fort McMurray’s Labour Market Information website, there are more driving jobs in the area than there are qualified people to fill them.

In Fort McMurray, Class 1 drivers can earn $25-$35 dollars an hour, Class 3 slightly less ($22-28). The hours can be long and the work hard, but the rewards are there.
Because it’s a seller’s market, employee loyalty is particularly low, with drivers willing to jump to another company for only a small increase in pay. This has left employers frustrated and scrambling. Many are willing to pay part or all of the cost of training for new drivers in exchange for a commitment to work for them for a specific period of time.

You can put yourself in a good position for employment in the Oil Sands trucking industry by acquiring a Class 3 or Class 1 license. First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg is an excellent choice for driver training, with an experienced instructional staff, quality curriculum, small class sizes and modern equipment. We can help you prepare yourself for a career behind the wheel.

To take the first step toward your new career in Trucking, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.