As Supply Chains Recover From Pandemic – Freight Expected to Increase.


Many of the supply chains are beginning to recover from the pandemic. As the flow of  goods increases, the need for long haul drivers will increase as well. 
It is expected that freight in the US will grow at a robust annual rate of 6% in 2021.  Some of that demand is driven by the increase in e-commerce as many households decided to have items shipped to them during the pandemic rather than venture out to stores.  A bigger factor is the overall recovery of the economy as a society wakes up from lock downs and other restrictions. 

The trucking industry will need to hire more drivers to meet demand. Currently, the transport industry has a shortage of drivers which is driving up wages. This is good news for students of First Class Training Centre as graduates are being snapped up quickly by companies hungry to meet increasing freight demands.

If you are considering a career as a big rig driver, the best path to a career is through 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 best 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.  

Take advantage of the industry driving shortage.  Become a professional driver.  Contact us today to learn more.

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.

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. 

What Road Is Your Career On?

Now is the Time to Think About Your New Professional Truck Driving Career

Class 1 Training

Fall is here and most of us are now back to our regular routines. Does your routine include a dead end job with no future? Maybe it’s time to change it up. If you want to be in a job in 2020 that really pays, you need to start planning for your success now.

It’s no secret why First Class Training Centre is fully booked with Class 1 Training students until the end of the year. Our success rate of placing our graduates into great professional driving jobs is the best in the industry.

There is a shortage of drivers.

Many companies are in desperate need of road ready drivers. First Class Training Centre enjoys great relationships with all of the major transport companies in Manitoba. Let us help you to not only get the best training for your Class 1 license, but also benefit from our reputation in the industry.  Long Haul Trucking is one of the fastest routes to making over $50,000 per year.

Contact us today to discuss the possibilities…

Whether you live in Brandon, Winnipeg, or in rural Manitoba, find out why First Class Training Centre is the industry leader in Class 1 and Class 3 training.  If you are looking for the best truck driving school to springboard your career, First Class should be at the top of your list.  Find out why our students recommend First Class to their friends looking for a career as a professional driver.

Call us today at 204 632 5302 to discuss why your future looks bright behind the wheel!

Women Becoming Commonplace as Professional Drivers

Next time you’re on the road and you happen look in to the cab of a semi –truck, don’t be surprised if you see a smiling woman’s face.  At First Class Training Centre we are excited about the trend of the growing numbers of women choosing to become a professional driver.

First Class Driver Training for Women

The career of a professional driver is rewarding, challenging, and inclusive.  As the North American economy heats up and driver shortages become more critical, the industry is lucky to see more women enter the workforce.

First Class is the leader in Class 1 training for everyone.  Our facilities are bright, modern and welcoming.  We continue to be committed to excellence in everything we do.  If you are interested in driver training in Winnipeg or rural Manitoba, check out First Class and ask a graduate about us.  They’ll tell you that our professionalism, attention to detail and the best instructor to student ratio in the business makes a difference.

Here’s to you for making the right choice for driver education.

The Class in Class 1 at First Class Training Centre

At First Class Training Centre, we like to think that we put the class back into Class 1 Driver Training.  Let’s talk about “class” from 3 different perspectives.

Excellence in Driver Training

1.  Class is where you go to learn.  Our “classes” at First Class offer the some of the best student to teacher ratio in the country.  All of our instructors have years of experience in the trucking industry and our curriculum is industry recognized as one of the best in the business
2.  First Class is really First Class. Everything we do at First Class is done with the highest standards in the industry.  Our facilities in Brandon and Winnipeg are modern and bright, and the equipment you train on is the latest generation tractor trailers.  We also offer the only mobile training centre in Manitoba.   We treat you with respect and have more one on one time than any other truck training provider.
3. It’s about giving you class. We know that you have made a big commitment to get your Class 1 Driver Training through us.   By the time you finish your training, you will have developed the self confidence to be great as a professional driver.  We want you to be proud of your career and build your confidence to be the best you can be.

Class 3 vs Class 1. Invest a little more to get more.

At First Class Training Centre, we get many inquiries for students seeking information about training to attain a Class 3 (tandem axle truck) licence. A Class 3 licence allows the holder to only operate a dump truck or 5-ton straight truck. And if they do pull a trailer, it can’t exceed 4,600 kg (10,000 lbs).

Potential students of First Class are considering a career move that will involve some sort of driver training. Short term thinking may limit the potential of a student to maximize their career.  As an example. If the job driving a Class 3 vehicle disappears, wouldn’t it be better to have more options than less for your next career move? As well, having a Class 1 license will generally move you up the pay scale quicker even if the unit you are driving is only requires a Class 3 designation..

Class #1 & #3 License Comparison
Class #1 Class #3
Can operate any class of license except motorcycle Can operate only a tandem axle truck and passenger vehicles
Probability of getting job: Excellent Probability of getting job: Fair
Training Cost: $8400 Training Cost: $1600
Course Time: 244 Hours Course Time: 20 Hours

Some companies will only hire drivers with a Class 1 license.  This makes total sense as a Class 1 driver can operate any vehicle.  Class 3 drivers are limited in what they can and can’t drive.

First Class Driver Training is the industry leader in driver education in Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba.  Our graduates are successful in job placements throughout North America. We are MPI accredited, and have a proven track record of success.

Look Out! Summer Brings New Challenges on the Road

Summer’s coming, and with it longer days, warmer nights, and a whole lot of things to enjoy.

Unfortunately, it brings some worries, too, especially if you spend your days driving a truck. Here are some things you need to be prepared for:

Busier Highways
Summer is vacation time, and the roads are going to fill up with travellers who have recreation on their minds. Many will be travelling in unfamiliar locations and operating vehicles that they don’t spend a lot of time behind the wheel of. Be especially mindful of RVs and 4-wheelers towing trailers, and give these drivers as much space as you can.

Harsh Climate in the Cab
It’s going to be uncomfortable, especially out here on the Prairies, where the sun is hot and the days are long. Make sure your truck’s air conditioning works before the season starts, and make sure you have sunglasses, appropriate clothing, and that you stay hydrated, so you can stay healthy and alert.

Maintenance Requirements
Basic vehicle maintenance requirements are heightened in harsh weather – hot or cold. Make sure that your tires are properly inflated (remember to check them when they’re cold, as pressure is likely to go way up when driving in hot conditions), that your truck’s fluids are fresh and at optimum levels. Don’t forget the windshield wash – you’ll be scrubbing lots of bugs off your rig, especially early in the season.

Take it Slow
Remember, no load is worth endangering your life. If traffic’s bad, or you’re too hot, or tempers are flaring, sit back, take a deep breath and a big swig of water, and drive on. Let cooler heads (yours) prevail.

With over 50 years of experience in the truck transport industry, our instructors have seen it all! We’re happy to pass along our tips and tricks, both in the classroom and if you want to contact us.

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.