Category Archives: First Class Training Centre

Cruise with First Class Training Centre at the 43rd Annual World of Wheels

Our love affair with anything on wheels is legendary. That’s one reason why World of Wheels has remained such a popular show, not only in Winnipeg, but in major cities across North America. It’s no secret that Winnipeggers love our street rods, vintage cars, and custom cars, which is why the World of Wheels show regularly boasts tens of thousands of attendees in our fair city alone.

Whether you’re there to get some inspiration for your project car or trying to meet one of the celebrities on hand, keep an eye out for First Class Training Centre. We’ll be there with Canadian Trucking Magazine’s Dave Mackenzie, along with our mobile driving simulator, as an exhibitor for the 43rd Annual World of Wheels, sponsored by Piston Ring. Held in the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg, this 3-day event boasts Guest Appearances, a Student Career Day, and many other Features & Specials to delight and excite!

Our driving simulator will show you what it’s like to drive a big rig on whatever challenging terrain you choose, so be sure to stop by!

The show begins on Friday, March 24th at 3:00pm and ends on Sunday, March 26th at 6:00pm. Discount tickets are available at Piston Ring, find one near you. See you soon!

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.

2016 World’s Largest Truck Convoy

Join First Class Training Centre this coming Saturday, September 10th, as we cap off National Trucking Week by participating in the 2016 World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics.

A unique fundraiser, The World’s Largest Truck Convoy® is an international project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) working in conjunction with members of the trucking industry. Convoys take place in cities throughout North America in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes.

The Manitoba convoy has been the largest in North America on more than one occasion, and it’s quite a sight to behold!

Come and support our wonderful legion of Manitoba truckers, bring your friends and family, pick a spot along Winnipeg’s perimeter and witness over 200 trucks making a difference in the lives of Special Olympics Manitoba athletes.

The day starts with a pancake breakfast and registration at 8am at the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre. The Convoy gets going at 11am and the day concludes with a BBQ, silent auction, and awards ceremony for top fundraisers – a great day for a great cause!

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!

Cruise with First Class Training Centre at the 42nd Annual World of Wheels – March 18-20 2016!

Our love affair with anything on wheels is legendary. That’s one reason why World of Wheels has remained such a popular show, not only in Winnipeg, but in major cities across North America. It’s no secret that Winnipeggers love our street rods, vintage cars, and custom cars, which is why the World of Wheels show regularly boasts tens of thousands of attendees in our fair city alone.

Whether you’re there to get some inspiration for your project car or trying to meet one of the celebrities on hand, keep an eye out for First Class Training Centre. We’ll be on hand, along with our mobile driving simulator, as an exhibitor for the 42nd Annual World of Wheels, sponsored by Piston Ring. Held in the newly -renovated RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg, this 3-day event boasts Guest Appearances, a Student Career Day, and many other Features & Specials to delight and excite!

Our driving simulator will show you what it’s like to drive a big rig on whatever challenging terrain you choose, so be sure to stop by!

The show begins on Friday, March 18th at 3:00pm and ends on Sunday, March 20th at 6:00pm. Discount tickets are available at Piston Ring, find one near you. See you soon!

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!

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.

First Class Salutes Canadian Truckers!

The summer has kept us busy with our new Brandon location, 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 6th thru 12th 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 300,000 truck drivers in Canada, representing 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 12th, 2015, and this will be our third year of participation. We’re proud to be a sponsor of this very worthy cause, and will have 7 trucks participating in the convoy, so look for us around the perimeter!

The Soundtrack of Your Career – 50 Best Trucking Songs

It used to be said that truckers loved both kinds of music – Country and Western.

While this isn’t the case anymore, there is still a certain allure in the many songs written by, for, and about truckers in the country genre. Even if you prefer Metallica or Kanye West to C.W. McCall in your civilian life, when you’re out on the open road you will probably find yourself tempted to listen to some of the classics.

Our friends at Today’s Trucking compiled a list of the top 50 trucking songs of all time, with a uniquely Canadian perspective – Stompin’ Tom Connors’ Bud the Spud comes in at #2. While by no means complete (there are so many songs about trucking), this YouTube playlist does a great job of pointing out the greatest hits.

At First Class Training Centre, we love the trucking industry. It has provided our instructors with years of rich experience making sure goods got to market on time, and it’s currently giving our students nearly limitless opportunities to get the career they want. We are trucking pros that know the business well, and are dedicated to helping our students get off to a great start on the road to success.

And we love trucking music.

Contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. If you are in Brandon and surrounding area, contact us online or call (204) 727-4781.