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Graduation Rate linked to Job Placement

At First Class Training Centre, our focus is to be the best truck driving and safety training school in Winnipeg, Brandon, Manitoba and Canada.

Excellence in Driver Training

It’s no wonder our graduation rate is one of the best in North America.  Our dedication to being the best helps you to be your best behind the wheel.

It all starts with a dedication to quality in everything we do.  Our instructors are at the top of their game and we have the best instructor to student ratio in the business.  Our equipment is modern, clean and in superb condition.  We also offer the only mobile driver simulator in Manitoba.  At First Class, we create an environment of excellence.

What does this mean for you when you graduate from your Class 1, or Class 3 training?

Simply put, First Class Training is recognized in the industry as one of the premier training centres for driver training.  The trucking industry recognizes our graduates are road ready and can contribute to their organization immediately.

If you are thinking of a career in a big rig, or you are looking to upgrade your truck driving skills, you need to know that First Class Training Centre is the high road to success

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.

Manitoba Metis Federation Inc. Info Session for Class 1 Truck Driver Training

Come join us at our next information session, taking place on January 13th, 2014 at 3pm and 7pm.  Open to all Metis, Non-Status & Inuit Clients.

Click here or Contact us for more information.

Safety – First Priority on the Road

Trucking is a critical part of the Canadian national economy.  90% of the goods sold in our stores travel by road, and the volume of freight travelling at any given time is steadily increasing.  This means that the number of opportunities to become employed in the trucking sector is on the rise.  It also means that the number of trucks and drivers out there in harm’s way on North America’s highways is at an all time high.

First Class Training Centre is Winnipeg’s best place to start training for your trucking career.  Our seasoned instructors have over a half century of combined experience in the transportation industry, and will teach you the invaluable safe driving techniques that will help to make your trucking career a long, safe one.  Here are some of the things that they’ll teach you during your course:

1)      The most important safety device in the truck is sitting in the driver’s seat. Proper rest, nutrition, and the right frame of mind is essential to maintaining the level of concentration that safe operation of a truck requires.  Take care of yourself – never violate laws regarding hours of service, and never, ever drive tired.  Fatigue impairs!

2)      Be aware of traffic around you.  Drive according to road conditions – never too close to the vehicle ahead.  Be cognizant of the truck’s “No-Zones”, areas where you can’t see a hazard.  Drivers of passenger cars don’t always know when they’re invisible to you.

3)      Vehicle maintenance is key. You’ll learn how to do a proper “circle check” before starting your trip, and spot potential faults before the wheels start turning.

4)      Drive Defensively! Keep your license and your life.

The instructors at First Class Training Centre will help you acquire the skills you need to land and keep a job in the trucking industry, and put you on the road to a long and safe career.

To find out more about First Class Training Centre and how we can help you take those important first steps toward a rewarding career in freight transport, contact us online or call Toll Free 1-855-632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Interview on The Road Trip with Michael Clark

Our president, Jim Campbell was interviewed by Michael Clark for an episode of The Road Trip.  Watch the video now as Jim talks about some of the latest innovations in the truck industry.

The Myths About the Trucking Profession

The general public’s perceptions about the trucking industry can be outdated, and sometimes just plain wrong. When discussing trucking as a possible career choice, people will often tell you what’s accepted as “the truth” about the business. Here’s the real story behind some of the most common misconceptions about being a trucker:

1) Truck driving pays poorly
In every business, there are employers who specialize in “getting the most for the least” out of their employees. Thankfully, in trucking they’re a relative rarity. Companies are constantly recruiting drivers, and in order to attract good employees have to keep wages competitive. In Manitoba, the average company driver earns more than $900 dollars weekly, with some experienced drivers earning considerably more. Owner/Operators run their own businesses, and stand to earn high profits. Truck drivers, as a whole, earn wages well above the national average.

2) Trucking isn’t secure
Truck driving is one of the few jobs in Canada that offers career-long security. A recent study has shown that the high number of retirements expected in the next decade will result in a severe shortage of drivers in the 2020s.

3) Truck driving is “man’s work”
While traditionally attracting few women, the current need for more drivers means that companies are actively seeking female recruits. The number of women truckers on the road is increasing all the time, and so is the number of women employed by trucking companies in other capacities – dispatchers, sales reps, etc.

4) Truck driving isn’t safe
Canadian truck drivers are among the safest in the world. We have high standards for the safety of our roads and trucks, and stringent licensing requirements. Trucks are involved in fewer than 4% of all road accidents.

First Class Training Centre is one of Manitoba’s premiere truck driving schools. If you want to find out if trucking is the career for you, contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Talking the Talk – Trucker Slang

It takes a special type of person to be a trucker. Despite the long hours spent alone, there is a community out there on the highway. Anywhere truck drivers meet and talk (rest stops, roadside restaurants, or over Citizen’s Band radio chatter) they express their camaraderie through a special language. Trucker slang has changed since the Smokey and the Bandit movies made it famous in the 1970s, but it remains a “code of the brotherhood (or increasingly, sisterhood)” of truck drivers.

It’s a unique and entertaining form of language. Here is an abridged guide to some of the more entertaining euphemisms you might hear out on the road:

Alligator – a piece of a tire that’s lying in the road. Looks like a little like a resting reptile.
Back door – behind you. Eg. “I’m knocking at your Back Door”
Bambi – a deer, dead or alive. Moose is a “Swamp Donkey”
Bear – law enforcement officer
Bedbuggers – moving companies
Bobtail – tractor with no trailer attached. Verb for is “bobtailing”
Brake check – when traffic slows for no apparent reason
Bumper sticker – a tailgater
Chicken coop – weigh station
Covered wagon – a gravel truck with a tarp on top of it’s load
Dead head – to haul an empty truck. Usually unpaid.
Double Nickel – 55 mph speed limit
Flip-flop – a U-turn
Four-wheeler – any vehicle not a truck or bus
Granny lane – the right, or “slow” lane
Parking lot – a truck hauling cars in a “piggy back” trailer
Reefer – refrigerated cargo trailer
Roller skate – a small car
Skins – tires
Stagecoach – a tour bus
Thermos bottle – a tanker trailer
Yard – the parking lot at a drivers company eg. “Sitting in the yard ready to go.”
Yardstick – kilometer or kilometer marker on a major highway
Wearing out your bumper – tailgating

By no means is this an exhaustive list. At First Class Training Centre we’ve got more than half a century of combined experience in the business to draw on, and we will help you find out everything you need to know about the trucking industry, including the language. If you’re interested in finding out if truck driving is the career for you, contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In Winnipeg call 204-632-5302.

Untapped Potential – Women in Trucking

Canada could be facing a shortage of 25 000 truck drivers by the year 2020, according to a recent Conference Board of Canada study, commissioned by the Canadian Trucking Association.

Why? The factors include increased demand for goods transported by road, retiring drivers, and a lack of skilled drivers. Companies are going to be looking outside of traditional areas when they search for new recruits. Women in particular represent a large population of people who are currently under-represented in the field, and could be attracted to careers in trucking.

Currently, fewer than 3% of all company-employed drivers are female. Women make up only 4% of all owner/operators in the country. If the Canadian trucking industry is going to deal with the coming shortfall behind the wheels of the nation’s trucks, this dynamic is going to have to change.

Granted, there are some challenges for women to overcome. Truck driving is generally perceived as unfriendly to female drivers. It often involves long hours away from home, physically and mentally challenging work, and a lot of the time accommodations are actually inside the truck. In spite of the challenges (that face men, too) many of the women who have pioneered the long-haul landscape have found the work to their liking, and the companies they work for are finding that gender makes no difference in job performance.

More and more of the companies looking to hire truck drivers are actively trying to attract women. As the approaching driver shortage drives up demand for skilled professionals to take the drivers seat, these efforts are likely to increase.

If you’re interested in a career in the fast-paced, challenging motor freight industry, you owe it to yourself to find out more. In Manitoba, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Choosing the Right Driver Training Program

If you’re planning to become a truck driver, the first step toward your new career is obtaining the skills (and licenses) you need to drive a truck.

Most often, a driver training school is your introduction to the industry. While every one of them promises the same outcome – preparing you for your provincial license exam, some will be a better choice than others.

In the end, it comes down to finding one that fits you. A school that has professional, experienced instructors and modern equipment that genuinely cares about your success (both on the driving test and in your future career) will provide you a better experience than one that doesn’t have these qualities.

First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg has instructors that are certified by the Government of Manitoba, with more than 50 years of combined experience in preparing new drivers to enter our business. We restrict the number of students we take in at any one time, to provide a more personal atmosphere for our students. We’re proud members of the Manitoba Trucking Association, and we’re committed to improving our industry by helping make our students into the best drivers they can be.
Whatever your goals in the trucking industry, First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg can provide the training you need to take the first steps toward a new career in trucking. Our trainers will prepare you to take the Manitoba Class 1 or Class 3 License test.

To find out how our training can put you on the path to the career you want, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

Drivers Wanted

If you’re interested in a career as a truck driver, the future is indeed bright.

First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg is poised to help you take advantage of a considerable need for truck drivers in Canada.

According to a 2012 report on the labour market in the trucking industry, the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council has predicted a significant need for drivers in the upcoming decade, with a particularly large number of opportunities in the next year.

Trucking is a very important business in Canada. Our largest trading partner is the United States, and we exchange most of the raw materials and finished goods that make up our trade with them by road. We have many industries like forestry, mining, and manufacturing that depend almost exclusively on trucks to export materials and bring products to market.

Currently, there is a 4% vacancy rate in the industry (12,000 positions not filled) the majority of which are for drivers. Over the next ten years, 18% of current employees in the sector will become eligible to retire. The industry is expected to continue to grow as well, increasing the demand for qualified drivers. In the next year alone, it’s anticipated that there will be opportunities for approximately 35,000 workers.

The job that is most difficult for trucking companies to fill is Class 1 drivers, so you can expect the highest number of opportunities to be in this area.

To put yourself in a position to take advantage of growth in the Trucking Industry, you need training and a license. First Class Training Centre has instructors with considerable industry experience, small class sizes, and modern equipment, all of which make the school an excellent choice as the place to get your training.

To find out how our training can put you in the driver’s seat, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.