Monthly Archives: November 2013

Safety – First Priority on the Road

Trucking is a critical part of the Canadian national economy.  90% of the goods sold in our stores travel by road, and the volume of freight travelling at any given time is steadily increasing.  This means that the number of opportunities to become employed in the trucking sector is on the rise.  It also means that the number of trucks and drivers out there in harm’s way on North America’s highways is at an all time high.

First Class Training Centre is Winnipeg’s best place to start training for your trucking career.  Our seasoned instructors have over a half century of combined experience in the transportation industry, and will teach you the invaluable safe driving techniques that will help to make your trucking career a long, safe one.  Here are some of the things that they’ll teach you during your course:

1)      The most important safety device in the truck is sitting in the driver’s seat. Proper rest, nutrition, and the right frame of mind is essential to maintaining the level of concentration that safe operation of a truck requires.  Take care of yourself – never violate laws regarding hours of service, and never, ever drive tired.  Fatigue impairs!

2)      Be aware of traffic around you.  Drive according to road conditions – never too close to the vehicle ahead.  Be cognizant of the truck’s “No-Zones”, areas where you can’t see a hazard.  Drivers of passenger cars don’t always know when they’re invisible to you.

3)      Vehicle maintenance is key. You’ll learn how to do a proper “circle check” before starting your trip, and spot potential faults before the wheels start turning.

4)      Drive Defensively! Keep your license and your life.

The instructors at First Class Training Centre will help you acquire the skills you need to land and keep a job in the trucking industry, and put you on the road to a long and safe career.

To find out more about First Class Training Centre and how we can help you take those important first steps toward a rewarding career in freight transport, contact us online or call Toll Free 1-855-632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

The Law of Supply and Demand Could Put You in the Driver’s Seat

90% of the goods available for sale in Canada arrived where they are today thanks to the trucking industry.

Canada’s west is growing.  People are moving to the Prairie Provinces in search of economic and lifestyle opportunities.  Opportunities for companies to move in and provide goods and services are at an all-time high.

The Conference Board of Canada has determined that economic growth, the pending retirement of a large group of truck drivers, and reluctance in young people to take on the demands and responsibilities of the job are coming together to form a “perfect storm” for the trucking industry.  The Board predicts that by the year 2020 the trucking industry will be short approximately 25,000 drivers.

These numbers are particularly disturbing, to both companies in the transportation industry and Canada’s Federal and Provincial governments.  Former Transport Minister, Steven Fletcher, said in a speech to the Manitoba Trucking Association: “If not addressed, driver shortages could become acute and a brake not just on your industry but on the wider economy.”

This looming shortage of drivers means that the outlook for younger people considering a career in trucking is better than it has been in decades.  More companies will be hiring drivers, and the law of supply and demand dictates that they will be doing everything in their power to attract and retain new drivers.  If you’re seeking opportunity, a career in the trucking industry could be just what you’re looking for.

Winnipeg’s First Class Training Centre offers you the opportunity to learn practical, real-world skills that lead to jobs in trucking.  Our instructors will help you learn how to drive a truck, and how to navigate the ins and outs of a job search in the industry.

To find out more about the upcoming driver shortage, and what you can do to turn it to your advantage, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

Choosing a Driving School

If you’re considering a career in the trucking industry, you need to undertake some training before you become a candidate for an entry-level driving job.

Because the industry is growing, particularly here in Western Canada, there are an awful lot of driving schools popping up, all promising to get you’re a Class 1 or Class 3 license so you can get on your way to a rewarding career in the business.

As one of Manitoba’s premiere driving schools, we welcome your business.  But we want you to be sure that you’re choosing the right school.  Here are some questions you can ask your potential choices, to see if they’re the right fit for you.

How much experience in the industry do your driver trainers have?

The best person to learn about the trucking business from is someone who’s worked extensively in the business.  First Class Training Centre’s driver trainers have more than 50 years in the industry between them.

Are your instructors certified by the Government of Manitoba?

First Class Training Centre’s instructors are certified.  We’re also a member of the Manitoba Trucking Association.

What is the student/instructor ratio at your school?

Ours is low.  We limit our intake to ensure the best possible training experience for our students.

Do you use new, modern equipment to train your students?

First Class Training Centre does.

Be careful when choosing a school.  Visit before you commit, and talk to your potential instructors and their current students.  Listen to your intuition – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

At First Class Training Centre, we’re sure to stand up to your scrutiny.  We specialize in teaching practical, real-world skills that lead to jobs in the trucking industry, and take great pride in the success of our graduates.

To find out more about our school and how it can help you attain your goals, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.