Many Older Truckers are Exiting the Industry due to COVID 19

As the majority of Canada’s professional truck drivers are over 45, many have decided to exit the industry due to the risks of COVID 19. These setbacks in the long haul sector will exacerbate an industry already desperate for new recruits. 

The demand for Class 1 drivers in Canada is staggering. The industry will have a shortage of 25,000 truck drivers by 2023. 61% of trucking jobs in Canada reportedly went unfilled in 2019 and it is expected to increase by 25% by 2023.

More women are now entering the professional driving workforce – up to 7% in some provinces. However, this is just a drop in the bucket in the need for more people to get into the industry. 


Like any supply and demand model, it is anticipated that wages for a Class 1 driver will continue to escalate in the coming years. Why not take advantage of an industry that needs you?


Contact First Class Training Centre today to learn how you can accelerate your path to becoming a semi-truck driver with income growth potential combined with job stability.  Your investment of 244 hours is the gateway to a great wage and a great career.  First Class is one of the best driving schools in Manitoba. If you’re going to spend time in school, you may as well be in the premiere class. 


With locations in Thompson, Brandon and Winnipeg, we have education close to all Manitobans.  Call us or Contact Us today to learn more about becoming the best that you can be.  

Second COVID Wave Makes A Career Change to a Professional Class 1 Driver a Great Option.


This week, the Manitoba government is applying some of the restrictions in Winnipeg that were in place during the first wave of the pandemic. If you find yourself in the hospitality industry, this could mean a reduced work week and possibly layoffs.


If you had been collecting the CERB, you now realize that it may be more difficult to get government assistance. The stress of not being able to make ends meet will be trying for many people. Maybe it’s time to get off this hamster wheel and change to a career with great stability and earning power. 


Become a professional Class 1 driver. The demand for drivers is great and the pay is phenomenal.


First Class Training Centre is open for business and safely training a new workforce for the supply chain. Your 244 hour investment is all it will take for doors to open for you to make a meaningful career change. As the premier educator for Class 1 and Class 3 training in Manitoba, First Class Training is recognized in the transport as the best provider of well trained and road ready drivers for their fleets.

Contact Us today to learn how a driving career can change your life for the better.