There is much discussion among Manitoba health administrators as to whom should be prioritized for the vaccine shots that we all are looking forward to getting. I think we are all in agreement that front line health care workers, care home residents, first responders and first nations communities should be first in line.
After that, the choices are not that unanimous. I would suggest that professional class 1 drivers that are crossing any provincial or international border should be among the first to receive the vaccine. These drivers are more at risk than many essential workers as they are exposed to many different jurisdictions with possibly more strains of the virus to contend with. Professional drivers are vital to our inter-provincial and international supply chains. Certainly they should be moved up in the vaccine cue to recognize their contribution during this pandemic. At First Class Training Centre we take our job as Manitoba’s premier Class 1 educator seriously. We want the best possible training for our student drivers and will advocate for them as they become successful members of the professional driving community. If you get a chance, send your MLA an email advocating for semi truck long haul drivers to be part of the next group to get the vaccine.
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!
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!
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.