RAMP Launched by AMSA for Meeting Driver Shortage

Moving Professionals trainingAMSA launched the Registered American Moving Professionals (RAMP) program that is designed for finding and training fresh van operators in order to replenish the shortage of competent drivers in the industry. The RAMP was officially launched in Louisville, last year with the first free 3-week training program being offered by Jefferson Community & Technical College. The training under the program would be funded by the state and federal government.

The CEO and President of Kentucky Trailer, Gary Smith came up with the idea of this program after evaluating the required number of drivers in the near future and consulting with all the local officials. Initially, minimum 100 drivers would be included under the program, who have been assured of jobs in AMSA member businesses. They would have the potential to earn as much as $80,000 annually in the beginning.

According to Mayor Greg Fischer, the program offers high-paying jobs that are not just good for the moving industry, but also for the citizens. Drivers without a commercial driver’s license would be able to take advantage of the scholarship to get a CDL from an authorized driving school after the completion of the program.

Even though, CDL training costs around $4,000, the RAMP certification would cost less than half of it. In addition, it would also add 4 hours of college credit to the record of graduates. Eligibility for the program includes having a high school diploma or an equivalent degree, and the candidate would also have to pass a criminal background check and drug screening test.

A fund of $250,000 has been set up by Kentuckiana Works from the Workforce Investment Act funds, which is a federal fund. On the other hand, the Kentucky Workforce Investment Network System provides two-thirds funding for drivers who are able to get jobs in Kentucky.