Category Archives: First Class Training Centre Brandon

Visit us at the 2017 Manitoba RV Show & Sale – March 9-12 2017!

“GET YOUR WILDHOOD BACK” at this year’s Manitoba RV Show & Sale and discover the latest in the RV camping and leisure industry. First Class Training Centre will be on hand in booth 51 as an exhibitor as the Manitoba RV Show partners with the Winnipeg Golf Expo in downtown Winnipeg’s RBC Convention Centre. Purchase a ticket for the Manitoba RV Show & Sale and for an additional $5.00 you can also attend the Winnipeg Golf Expo.

Life on the road in an RV or motorhome is a great way to spend the summer, but if your RV or vehicle/trailer combination has more than 2 axles or weighs more than 4,540 kilograms (10,000 pounds), you might need to upgrade your licence to a Class 3 instead of the more common Class 5.

If you have your eye on the RV of your dreams, come to our booth and ask us how to confirm the weight of your new home on wheels. Don’t forget to factor in the weight of your contents, it all adds up!

The show begins on Thursday, March 9th at 3:00pm and ends on Sunday, March 12th at 5:00pm. Opening day marks a special event, Salute to Service, from 4-9pm, whereby official members of service receive free admission (I.D. required). Not only that, it’s also Ladies Day, where ladies get in free and pay no admission on Thursday, March 9th, so bring the whole family and come explore your next adventure.

First Class Training Centre Celebrates Canadian Truckers!

It’s been a busy summer full of successful graduates (check out our Facebook page for pics), but now we are gearing up for National Trucking Week and wanted to take a moment to recognize the significant contribution of Canada’s truck drivers to the Canadian economy and workforce.

National Trucking Week, celebrated September 4th thru 10th this year, is a great time to consider the truck driving occupation and the benefits it has to offer. Canada’s national trucking group, The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) launched National Trucking Week in conjunction with the provincial trucking associations, as a way to recognize the men and women who keep the country’s freight moving.

Today, there are about 400,000 truck drivers in Canada, representing over 1% of the population and 1.5% of the labour force – that’s a lot of coast-to-coast movement for one industry!

Check out what the Manitoba Trucking Association has planned for National Trucking Week.

First Class Training Centre will be capping off the week by participating in one of our favourite charity events – Special Olympics Manitoba’s World’s Largest Truck Convoy. The event takes place on Saturday, September 10th, 2016, and this will be our fourth year of participation. We’re proud to be a sponsor of this very worthy cause, and will have trucks participating in the convoy, so look for us around the perimeter!

Visit First Class Training Centre at the Manitoba RV Show – March 10-13 2016!

“GO & GET EXPLORING!” at this year’s Manitoba RV Show and discover the latest in the RV camping and leisure industry. First Class Training Centre will be on hand as an exhibitor as the Manitoba RV Show partners with the Winnipeg Golf Expo in the newly-renovated RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg. Two shows for the price of one!

Life on the road in an RV or motorhome is a great way to spend the summer, but if your RV or vehicle/trailer combination has more than 2 axles or weighs more than 4,540 kilograms (10,000 pounds), you might need to upgrade your licence to a Class 3 instead of the more common Class 5.

If you have your eye on the RV of your dreams, come to our booth and ask us how to confirm the weight of your new home on wheels. Don’t forget to factor in the weight of your contents, it all adds up!

The show begins on Thursday, March 10th at 3:00pm and ends on Sunday, March 13th at 5:00pm. Not only that, but ladies get in free and pay no admission all day on Thursday, March 10th, so bring the whole family and come explore your next adventure.

Our Mobile Classroom and Driving Simulator

At First Class, we’re proud to be the driver training centre with Manitoba’s first fully integrated mobile transport training facility and driving simulator.

Equipped with a fully functioning Tractor Trailer Air Board system and a state-of-the-art Driving Simulator, it is capable of providing comprehensive driver training to the highest industry standards, anywhere in Manitoba.

A full complement of theoretical industry based training facilitated by experienced Certified Manitoba Class 1 instructors is available directly within the training facility. We also offer the ability to develop a curriculum tailored to your organization and its’ needs, including complete orientation programs for newly hired drivers. We can target specific areas of concern such as the simulation of winter driving, night driving, or maneuvering through black ice. Maybe a real simulation of the dangers of distracted driving is needed as a reminder?

Our mobile transport training facility can do all this and so much more. Successful transport companies realize that there is no other single factor that can affect their bottom line as much as well-trained staff in the competitive trucking industry. Our high standard of training may be the competitive edge that your firm needs to be an industry leader.

Whether the goal is lowering your insurance rates and operating costs or simply attracting customers with an enviable safety record, training your drivers is one of the most cost effective high return investments you can make.

Contact First Class Training Centre, in Winnipeg, Brandon, or almost anywhere in the province that you may be, to learn more about this unique training opportunity.

We’re currently in the midst of our 2016 tour with our mobile classroom, so come and check us out when we’re in your community. We are touring the high schools speaking to students, but feel free to drop by and we will try our best to fit you in as well.

February 8 – Rorkerton School – STUDENTS
February 9 – Pine Creek Minegoziibe Anishinabe School – STUDENTS
February 10 – Swan River Swan Valley School – STUDENTS
February 11 – Swan River Friendship Centre – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
February 12 – The Pas Margaret Barbour Collegiate – STUDENTS
February 13 & 14 – The Pas – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
February 16 – Cranberry Frontier Collegiate – STUDENTS
February 17 – Flin Flon Hapnot Collegiate – STUDENTS
February 18 – Flin Flon Community – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
February 19 – Thompson RD Parker Collegiate – STUDENTS
February 20 – Thompson – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

More dates to come!

Visit us at Manitoba Ag Days January 19-21 2016!

As part of our continued support of the agriculture and transport industries, First Class Training Centre will be hosting an exhibit at Manitoba Ag Days in the Brandon Keystone Centre. You can find us at Booth 414 in the City Square Exhibition Hall.

Manitoba Ag Days is widely known as the largest indoor agricultural show in Canada and attendees can expect to experience the best in agricultural production expertise, technology and equipment. The event attracts exhibitors and spectators from all over Canada and North Central United States.

We will be there showcasing our extensive course offering, which, in addition to Class 1 and Class 3 driver training, also includes safety training, emergency medical training and transportation of dangerous goods. We will have our mobile driving simulator on site, so come and take it for a spin! Try your hand at different scenarios like mountain driving, black ice, and city driving.

Event: Manitoba AgDays
Date: January 19, 20 and 21, 2016
Venue: Brandon Keystone Centre Address: 1 – 1175 – 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba

Admission and parking are free so be sure to drop by. See you there!

Opportunities Exist in Trucking

Despite the fact that the Canadian economy has slowed in recent months, especially in the petroleum industry, the long-term outlook for truck drivers remains solid.

Experts are predicting a wave of retirements in the coming decade. Coupled with rising demand for goods across the country, a shortfall of 20,000 to 30,000 truck drivers is forecast to hit by the year 2020. For job seekers looking for a long-term career, this is good news. Here are the types of jobs you can look for in the trucking business:

Long Haul (Over the Road) Driver
The bulk of opportunities, especially for new drivers, lie in the long-haul trucking industry. You can expect to spend long periods of time alone and away from home, but will gain experience quickly, be well compensated, and see Canada and the United States from a unique perspective. You’ll drive an 18-wheeler, which requires you to take Class 1 driver training.

Short Haul Driver
These jobs tend to pay a bit less than long haul assignments. Some companies have a limited area in which they do business, and have opportunities that are closer to home, which means you can expect to be home more regularly. Some of these opportunities only require a Class 3 License, which has fewer requirements and is generally easier to earn.

Support Staff
With the increase in the volume of goods moving around by truck, there will be opportunities in the industry that aren’t behind the wheel. Scheduling, dispatching, loading, warehousing and many other “spin-off” jobs are expected to open up as a result of the industry’s continued expansion.

If you’re considering a career in trucking, we have decades of hands-on experience to offer. Come and visit us at First Class Training CentreContact us online or call Toll Free 1-(855) 632-5302.

More Jobs Driving Less Than Truckload

Since it first became a common shipping mode in the 1980s, LTL (Less Than Truckload) shipping has become a staple of the trucking industry. These smaller shipments have made the freight business, and in fact the manufacturing and distribution industries as a whole more competitive, and have changed the way companies move their goods to market.

Previous to the advent of LTL trucking, businesses were restricted to the cost of a full truck to deliver goods, making smaller shipments impractical and giving an advantage to customers who shipped at higher volumes. The LTL model levelled the playing field, giving smaller companies better access to transportation so they could compete more effectively.

Life on the road is different for companies and individuals moving goods that don’t fill the truck. There are more pickups and deliveries, and goods need to be handled more on their way to their destination. For over-the-road haulage, LTL carriers prefer tandem or “pup” trailers, which allows them the ability to drop off half of their load to a terminal, and then continue to a second destination with the other half.

For local delivery, goods are generally moved to a day cab truck, which is shorter because there’s no sleeper compartment. Trailers often utilize roll up doors rather than traditional swing doors, as it makes it easier to load and unload. The truck will be equipped with a pallet jack, as the load will need to be manipulated between shipments.

LTL shipping means more business for smaller companies, and more opportunities for aspiring transportation professionals. We’re forecasting a significant shortage of truck drivers in the short term, which means that carriers that accept LTL shipments will be looking for drivers. If you’re pursuing in a career in trucking, come and see us at Winnipeg’s premiere driving school, First Class Training Centre. Our instructors are freight professionals who know the ins and outs of the complicated trucking business, and can help you make informed decisions about he best way to enter the industry for you.

Contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

In Brandon, contact us at (204) 727-4781 or fill out our online form with your questions.

Brandon Training Centre Now Open – Register Today!

First Class Training Centre has grown! After more than 3 years of successful training programs in Winnipeg, we are proud to announce our new training centre location, in Brandon, Manitoba.

On April 20, 2015, First Class Training Centre Brandon welcomed  our first classroom of students to a Full-Time Class 1 Driver training course.

Since 2012, First Class Training Centre has been providing the highest standard of training to our clients, with government certified instructors and a personal, relaxed learning environment. We recognized a need for high quality class 1 driver training in Southwest Manitoba and are happy to be in the Brandon community.

From the beginning, our goal has been to prepare every one of our students for a promising career ahead. Our instructors are certified by the Government of Manitoba and offer more than 50 years of experience in the truck transport industry. Our class sizes are limited in order to provide a personalized and relaxed learning environment.

We are proud members of the Manitoba Trucking Association and are registered as a Private Vocational Institution under the Private Vocational Institution Act.

If you are considering a career in transportation, rest assured that freedom, travel, adventure, and advancement are just some of the things that you can expect!

Contact us in Winnipeg or Brandon today for more information about our courses and the benefits of a career in the transport industry.

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