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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.

Back to School is Just Around the Corner – Are You Ready to go back to school for a Career as a Professional Truck Driver?

Many people think of the start of September as the time when kids go back to school.

Maybe you have a young family, and find yourself in a job that doesn’t seem to fit or pay that well.  You’re having trouble to make ends meet.   Maybe it’s time to think of your next career move to start making some real money.

A career as a professional truck driver is rewarding and pays well.  The good news is that there is a definite need for graduates of Class 1 licensing.   Better news is that First Class Driver Training is the most respected and well run training school in the province of Manitoba. First Class Driver Training has offices in Winnipeg and Brandon and offers mobile training to most parts of Manitoba.

First Class Driver Training is the industry leader in driver education in Winnipeg and Manitoba.  Our graduates are successful in finding work all across Canada and the United States. We are PVI accredited and have one of the best teacher to student ratios in the business.

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.

Fighting Fatigue – Staying Awake (and Healthy) During Night Runs

Driving at night has a lot of advantages for a long-haul truck driver.  There’s a lot less traffic on the road, making it easier to earn money when you’re paid by the kilometer. Fuel costs are reduced, and you’ll use the brakes a lot less frequently.

Unfortunately, the human body isn’t designed to be awake at night.  Our internal clocks are dictated by the circadian rhythm of the sun – and haven’t really gotten the hang of the changes that modern living and electric light have brought about.  As a result, fatigue is often a factor in nighttime driving accidents.  Here are some things you can do to keep fatigue from being a factor for you.

Keep a Regular Sleeping Cycle

If you drive a lot of nights, resist the urge to stay awake too long when the daylight hits.  You’ll naturally wake up a bit when the sun rises.  Fight this by sleeping with blinds on the windows.  On your days off, don’t completely “flip” your sleeping cycle – your body will get confused.

Don’t Rely on Caffeine or Carbohydrates

Coffee and sugary foods are both short-term solutions to fatigue, and both deliver a “crash” after only a short time.  Another dose might be effective, but for an even shorter term.  Stick to healthy foods – your energy level will be more consistent, and your waistline will thank you.

Get Exercise

A fit driver is a more capable driver.  Long haul trucking can make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle – you need to go out of your way to ensure that you are in top shape to take on the rigors of the road.  A quick run around the truck when refueling or at a rest stop can get your blood flowing for the next few kilometers, and a good exercise regimen will pay dividends for years to come.

If You’re Too Tired to Drive – Don’t

No matter what your logbook says, fatigue impairs your ability to drive.  Pull over and take a nap – nobody will fault you for putting your safety, and everyone else’s, first.

When you take driver training At First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg, you’ll get the benefit of highly experienced trainers with decades of industry experience.   Call us Toll Free 1-855-632-5302.

The Law of Supply and Demand Could Put You in the Driver’s Seat

90% of the goods available for sale in Canada arrived where they are today thanks to the trucking industry.

Canada’s west is growing.  People are moving to the Prairie Provinces in search of economic and lifestyle opportunities.  Opportunities for companies to move in and provide goods and services are at an all-time high.

The Conference Board of Canada has determined that economic growth, the pending retirement of a large group of truck drivers, and reluctance in young people to take on the demands and responsibilities of the job are coming together to form a “perfect storm” for the trucking industry.  The Board predicts that by the year 2020 the trucking industry will be short approximately 25,000 drivers.

These numbers are particularly disturbing, to both companies in the transportation industry and Canada’s Federal and Provincial governments.  Former Transport Minister, Steven Fletcher, said in a speech to the Manitoba Trucking Association: “If not addressed, driver shortages could become acute and a brake not just on your industry but on the wider economy.”

This looming shortage of drivers means that the outlook for younger people considering a career in trucking is better than it has been in decades.  More companies will be hiring drivers, and the law of supply and demand dictates that they will be doing everything in their power to attract and retain new drivers.  If you’re seeking opportunity, a career in the trucking industry could be just what you’re looking for.

Winnipeg’s First Class Training Centre offers you the opportunity to learn practical, real-world skills that lead to jobs in trucking.  Our instructors will help you learn how to drive a truck, and how to navigate the ins and outs of a job search in the industry.

To find out more about the upcoming driver shortage, and what you can do to turn it to your advantage, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

Choosing a Driving School

If you’re considering a career in the trucking industry, you need to undertake some training before you become a candidate for an entry-level driving job.

Because the industry is growing, particularly here in Western Canada, there are an awful lot of driving schools popping up, all promising to get you’re a Class 1 or Class 3 license so you can get on your way to a rewarding career in the business.

As one of Manitoba’s premiere driving schools, we welcome your business.  But we want you to be sure that you’re choosing the right school.  Here are some questions you can ask your potential choices, to see if they’re the right fit for you.

How much experience in the industry do your driver trainers have?

The best person to learn about the trucking business from is someone who’s worked extensively in the business.  First Class Training Centre’s driver trainers have more than 50 years in the industry between them.

Are your instructors certified by the Government of Manitoba?

First Class Training Centre’s instructors are certified.  We’re also a member of the Manitoba Trucking Association.

What is the student/instructor ratio at your school?

Ours is low.  We limit our intake to ensure the best possible training experience for our students.

Do you use new, modern equipment to train your students?

First Class Training Centre does.

Be careful when choosing a school.  Visit before you commit, and talk to your potential instructors and their current students.  Listen to your intuition – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

At First Class Training Centre, we’re sure to stand up to your scrutiny.  We specialize in teaching practical, real-world skills that lead to jobs in the trucking industry, and take great pride in the success of our graduates.

To find out more about our school and how it can help you attain your goals, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.