Career In Long Haul Trucking Puts You at the Front of the Vaccination Line

In addition to being a great career that delivers a living wage right out the gate, becoming a professional cross border driver does have many more perks including priority vaccination.  The governor of North Dakota and premier of Manitoba have announced that North Dakota will be offering Manitoba truckers a vaccine shot at a North Dakota rest stop near the international border. This means that the almost 4000 cross border drivers can become vaccinated, ahead of schedule. 


Both the US and Canada recognize the importance of a secure and efficient supply chain as essential goods need to move to markets both south and north. This vaccine program will ensure that drivers will be protected so that they can continue to do the important work that they do.


If you are considering a career change to become a professional long haul semi truck driver, your best path forward is with  First Class Training Centre. First Class has been open for business in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson throughout the pandemic and continues to safely train 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 industry as the best provider of well trained and road ready drivers for their fleets.  

Be a part of something important to the world. Become a professional driver.  Contact us today to learn more.

2020 – A Year to Remember

2020 will go down as a year like no other. The COVID crisis has been a huge disruption to everyone’s life. We know that you’ve gone through a lot, and the pandemic has been challenging both socially and economically. Now that we are on the cusp of a new year, perhaps it’s time to start a new career that is resilient and rewarding. 

Time for Change

A career as a professional Class 1 driver will virtually guarantee a steady income through thick and thin. The demand for drivers remains strong, and the pay is phenomenal.

First Class Training Centre has been open for business in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson throughout the pandemic and continues to safely train 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 industry as the best provider of well trained and road ready drivers for their fleets.

2021 is your year! Contact Us today to learn how a driving career can change your life for the better. 

The Amazon Effect Bodes Well for a Career In Trucking

Purchasing online has become even more common during the COVID crisis. Many people are now getting everything delivered to their door rather than risk crowds in malls. This “Amazon” effect is projected to continue to gain more traction as we enter 2021 and beyond. 


What most online shoppers don’t realize is that this growth in e-commerce doesn’t continue without a strong trucking industry. Getting online orders from stores and warehouses to your door means that the transport business will continue to be in demand for many years to come. Is the industry that you are currently employed in enjoying this type of growth?


Consider a career as a professional driver.  With your Class 1 license, you can finally have a job that pays well and will be secure for the foreseeable future.  First Class Training Centre is recognized by the transportation industry as the driving school leader in providing trucking companies with road ready recruits to fill the ever growing need to transport goods. With classrooms in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson, there is a school near you that can let you take advantage of global trends that aren’t going away.


Contact us today to learn more if a career as a professional truck driver is right for you. 

Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Professional Driver?

Commercial truck driving is generally categorized  as a driver of a semi-trailer on a long haul route.  For those who want to have the freedom and adventure of being paid to drive across Canada, and the US, long haul domestic and international driving is a dream come true.

Being a long haul driver of an 18 wheeler is not for everyone.  In fact, it is for a very specific breed of individual. Those who drive long haul, have to be self motivated and have the  training and licensing to do so.  Drivers must be able to problem solve, work independently and enjoy their own company. 

If you are feeling the need to get a better career, and enjoy the open road, becoming a professional driver may just be the ticket. If you’re serious, contact Manitoba’s premiere driving education provider – First Class Training Centre. They can give you all the information you need to make this important decision about your future. With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson, the best class 1 or class 3 license training is close to you. 

Are you ready for success?

Automation Not a Factor For Many Years in the Trucking Industry.

Many young people are concerned that automation will limit the amount of truck driving opportunities soon.  This is just not the case for the foreseeable future for an industry that is facing a severe driver shortage that could exacerbate disruptions to supply chains caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Approximately 300,000 truck drivers in Canada move an estimated $850-billion worth of goods annually, including $550 billion in imports and $300 billion in exports. While automation is expected to replace some drivers in the long-term, it’s not going to solve the labour shortage anytime soon. 

Some estimate it will be at least 10 to 15 years before automation will have any impact at all on employment. Many are suggesting that like an airplane pilot, drivers will still be a necessary part of the driving equation to complete the supply chain.

With the average wage of a professional big rig driver closing in on $70,000CDN, trucking is a great opportunity to take your career to the next level.  First Class is the best educator for Class 1 and Class 3 licensing in Manitoba.  With locations in Thompson, Winnipeg and Brandon, there is a school close to you. Once you graduate, we have the relationships with the transport community to get you the introduction that you need to start your new career. 


Now is the time to change your future for the better.  Contact us today to discuss your new career as a long haul driver. 

CERB Benefit Will Expire – What’s Next For You?

The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit has been a big help to those whose jobs have been affected by the COVID crisis.  Although the benefit has been extended for a few weeks, what will you do when it runs out?


Maybe it’s time to think of a new career that is insulated from almost every economic downturn, and that is becoming a Class 1 driver. Most goods on the planet are transported by semi-truck. Regardless of how other sectors are performing, the supply chain stays open. If you want to know during the next pandemic that you won’t be downsized, now is the time to register for the next Class 1 training from First Class Training Centre.


First Class is the premiere education centre for Class 1 and Class 3 licensing in Manitoba.  With locations in Thompson, Winnipeg and Brandon, there is a school close to you. Once you graduate, we have the relationships with the transport community to get you the introduction that you need to start your new career. 
Enjoy your CERB while it lasts. Now is the time to change your future for the better.  

Contact us today to discuss your new career as a long haul driver.

First Class Training Resumes Class 1 Courses

Manitoba’s premiere Class 1 license educator is back online. Courses have resumed and the staff at First Class have added many safety precautions to ensure that all students are safe as they train to be professional drivers during the pandemic. To ensure the safety of our students and instructors, we are providing masks for everyone.  Multiple hand sanitizer stations have also been added. Dividers have been built on all tables to ensure student separation. Our training trucks are sanitized after each use.  All students and staff are subject to temperature checks on a daily basis.
Now, all 3 Manitoba locations are operating, providing the best training for future drivers. Wherever you are located in Manitoba, a First Class Training Centre is near you.

We understand that many of you may have lost your jobs due to the pandemic.  Now is the time to consider a new career that will insulate you from this ever happening again.  You will be a part of an essential service team transporting goods and services where they are needed most.


You deserve a better career option. You deserve a proud career option. Give us a call at First Class to learn more…

Professional Truck Driving Jobs Don’t Evaporate in Pandemics

Are you at home right now, struggling with not going to work?


In these troubled times, many Canadians find themselves stressing about whether they can make rent or put food on the table. Perhaps they are still waiting for their first government cheque to cover some of the living expenses. Meanwhile, essential workers are being applauded and appreciated by society as their efforts are keeping critical parts of the economy functioning.


Professional truck drivers fall into the essential worker category. Their work to keep supply chains intact for food and medical supplies is not only necessary, but courageous as well. Class 1 drivers are being noticed by news outlets for their dedication and work ethic. Many folks, realizing the important role that truckers are playing, are lining highways and waving hand-made signs with “Thank You” stencilled on.


Maybe it’s time that you considered how essential your current work really is, and think about a career as a professional Class 1 driver.  First Class Training Centre is the most respected Class 1 educator in Manitoba. Why not give us a call to discuss your future today.  Although our classes are shut down until it’s safe to resume, we would be pleased to talk with you about why a future as a professional driver is becoming more respected and appreciated with each passing day. 

You deserve better.

New Location Expands Footprint for First Class Training of Winnipeg

Due to our expanding student load, First Class Training Centre is moving to bigger premises in April 2020. The former premises of Murray Kozie Trucking at 485 Lucas Ave will soon be the home of Manitoba’s premier truck driving school. The new location will allow for expanded Class 1 and Class 3 classroom space where students will still enjoy one of the best student to instructor ratios in the industry.  First Class offers one of the best Class 1 driver training schools in Manitoba


Find out why we are expanding. Our success is your success.  There has never been a better time to become a professional driver. 

New Home of First Class Training Centre


Learn more about why a big rig driving career is one of the fastest paths to a well-paying and rewarding job. If you want the best opportunity to be placed in the transportation industry upon graduation you’ll find out why most firms consider First Class Training Centre as the premier educator for Class 1 drivers in Winnipeg, Brandon and now Thompson Manitoba. 

Driver Shortage in Canada Will Increase 50% in Next 4 Years

The 22,000 openings for professional drivers will increase to 34,000 in the next 4 years according to a CBC article published in late December 2019.

As many semi-truck drivers slip into retirement, the driver shortage will reach critical mass in Canada. For a career that offers a starting salary of near $50,000 for an investment of only 244 hours of training, why aren’t more people moving towards a career as a long-haul trucker?

Especially if you are 21 years of age, the opportunity is huge. Most states south of the border require you to be 21 or older to cross state lines as a professional driver. That means that you are in demand as a critical component to the growing global logistics puzzle. 

Being in driver demand will lead to faster pay raises and better routes for the cream of the crop. If you’re looking to quickly move ahead in your career, consider leveraging your opportunity by becoming a Class 1 driver.

The good news is that First Class Training Centre is the premier driver training academy in the province. They have the best reputation and the best connections with the transportation industry to get you that important first posting.  

With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon and now Thompson, First Class Training Centre is focused on delivering driver education close to where you are. Take a moment to read the CBC article and then give us a call at 204 632 5302 to discuss how lucrative your future can be.