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.  

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?

Visit us at Manitoba Ag Days January 19-21 2016!

As part of our continued support of the agriculture and transport industries, First Class Training Centre will be hosting an exhibit at Manitoba Ag Days in the Brandon Keystone Centre. You can find us at Booth 414 in the City Square Exhibition Hall.

Manitoba Ag Days is widely known as the largest indoor agricultural show in Canada and attendees can expect to experience the best in agricultural production expertise, technology and equipment. The event attracts exhibitors and spectators from all over Canada and North Central United States.

We will be there showcasing our extensive course offering, which, in addition to Class 1 and Class 3 driver training, also includes safety training, emergency medical training and transportation of dangerous goods. We will have our mobile driving simulator on site, so come and take it for a spin! Try your hand at different scenarios like mountain driving, black ice, and city driving.

Event: Manitoba AgDays
Date: January 19, 20 and 21, 2016
Venue: Brandon Keystone Centre Address: 1 – 1175 – 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba

Admission and parking are free so be sure to drop by. See you there!

Brandon Training Centre Now Open – Register Today!

First Class Training Centre has grown! After more than 3 years of successful training programs in Winnipeg, we are proud to announce our new training centre location, in Brandon, Manitoba.

On April 20, 2015, First Class Training Centre Brandon welcomed  our first classroom of students to a Full-Time Class 1 Driver training course.

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.

We are proud members of the Manitoba Trucking Association and are registered as a Private Vocational Institution under the Private Vocational Institution Act.

If you are considering a career in transportation, rest assured that freedom, travel, adventure, and advancement are just some of the things that you can expect!

Contact us in Winnipeg or Brandon today for more information about our courses and the benefits of a career in the transport industry.

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