Monthly Archives: May 2014

Experience the First Class Difference

Let’s face it, there are lots of truck driving schools.  The Winnipeg area, as a central hub of the Canadian trucking industry, has a number of them.

Why should you choose one over another?  What makes First Class Training Centre a leader among Winnipeg driver training schools?

Experience

All of the instructors at First Class are career truckers.  Demand for our solid training and unique perspective on the trucking industry has been fuelling growth, and we now have six instructors on staff, with combined on-the-road trucking experience that exceeds two centuries!

Any truck driving school can teach you how to drive a truck.  At First Class Training Centre, we teach you how to be a truck driver.  All aspects of the job are covered in our training.  We don’t limit our instruction to the things that will help you get a license; we want to help you get a job.  We’ll do this by sharing the kind of insight that can only be earned by spending years doing the job, and helping you prepare for a career in the industry, not just a road test.

We know that trucking isn’t for everyone.  While the career offers great rewards (and all the trucking schools will tell you about the security and higher wages you can expect as the number of available drivers shrinks over the coming years) we can tell you the real story, and prepare you for the real career.  All of our instructors know exactly where the rubber meets the road.

If you want to find out if trucking is for you, come talk to our instructors.  First Class Training Centre is an excellent source of information for the curious and training for the committed. Our mission is to help our students build careers in the trucking industry. Contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Unsung Heroes of the Road

Truck drivers are often unsung heroes of the road – most trips are uneventful, safe and routine, a testament to the dedication to safety that members of the profession share.  Truckers deliver 90 percent of the goods sold to Canadians, and without road freight, our economy would quickly grind to a halt.

Sometimes, however, a member of the trucking profession is called upon to perform a heroic act in an acute situation.  The Ontario Trucking Association recently honoured some heroic acts performed by truckers who were thankfully, in the right place at the right time and made a difference in some lives.

Stephen Lill was named the 2013 Bridgestone-OTA Truck Hero because, after witnessing a tanker truck rollover in Mississauga he rushed to the scene, and despite being urged by others not to approach the cab because of fears of an explosion, attended to the driver, keeping him semi-conscious and calm until help arrived.

This year, the Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award count among its finalists Brian Dunn, who braved flames to rescue a two-year old child from an overturned vehicle, and a quick thinking driver named Tim Horton, who used the boom crane on his truck to right a pickup truck that had overturned in a pond, so that the driver could be rescued.

These outstanding acts are just the tip of the iceberg.  Every day, the professionalism of truck drivers helps to prevent accidents, and in extreme cases react to them when they happen.

To find out more about careers in the road freight industry, call or visit First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg.  We are an excellent source of information for the curious and training for the committed. Our mission is to help our students build careers in the trucking industry. Contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.  In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

The Trucking Industry is Actively Seeking Women Drivers

Women currently represent only 3 percent of Canada’s Truck Drivers, mechanics, and other support roles.  Only 11 percent of managers in the industry are women, and less than a quarter of all parts technicians, dispatchers, and freight claims, safety, and loss prevention specialists are female.

Trucking HR Canada has announced a new initiative with the goal of encouraging more females to enter the industry.  Supporting Women in Freight Transportation (SWIFT) is a national committee made up of senior level managers, directors, presidents, and other executives in the industry.  The goals of SWIFT are to develop a national strategy to attract women to the industry, identify recruitment opportunities and better ways to retain women once they enter the industry, and promote the industry as a whole as a good place to work for women.

SWIFT’s first meeting will take place on April 11th at Truck World in Toronto.

For women (and anyone else) in the Winnipeg area curious about a career in the trucking industry, First Class Training Centre is an excellent source of information and training.  Our instructors have more than 200 years of experience in the industry, and don’t just focus on the skills you need to drive a truck, but encompass the knowledge you require to build a career in the trucking industry.  Contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.  In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.