The Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition is back in 2019 with more than $20,000 in prizes to help their Members recognise, reward and retain their high performing auto repairers.
Capricorn, with support from major sponsorship partner Castrol, will be searching for more outstanding apprentices from Capricorn’s membership of more than 20,000 general automotive, collision repair, commercial vehicle, auto electrical, fabrication along with other automotive workshops across Australia and New Zealand from February to April, 2019.
To enter, Capricorn Members simply have to nominate their apprentices on the website. Nominees will then have until April 30, 2019 to complete their applications.
This is a major opportunity for Capricorn Members to show their appreciation and support for their top performing apprentices, to encourage them to pursue a long term career in the industry.
The winning apprentice, their workshop boss and two friends will score an all-expenses paid trip to the exciting Gold Coast 600 Supercar round along with 150,000 Bonus Capricorn Reward Points (valued at $1,500) from Castrol.
The winner will also receive The Workshop Whisperer’s renowned Leadership Academy training to help fast-track their career development.
The top five finalists, including the overall winner, will receive a $1,000 tool kit and Autopedia subscription from Repco, two tickets to attend Repco Masterclass Clinics, additional online training from AutoMate, tickets to the Capricorn Gala Dinner and Tradeshow in their closest city, along with additional prizes.
Capricorn CEO Automotive and Rising Stars judge, David Fraser, described the Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition as an important initiative to assist in addressing the shortage of qualified mechanics and other auto repairers.
“We’ve listened to our Members when they’ve told us that one of their biggest concerns for the future is the lack of qualified mechanics and technicians. As a cooperative that exists purely to make it easier for our Members to run and grow their business, Capricorn is very pleased to be running this top performing apprentice based initiative,” stated Fraser.
“It’s not just about who wins. Through Capricorn Rising Stars we hope to encourage more of the best young people working in the industry – letting them know that they have a bright future ahead of them,” He added.
The Capricorn Rising Stars judging panel include includes some of the most experienced automotive aftermarket industry professionals in the country. These include AAAA Chief Executive Officer Stuart Charity, Castrol General Manager (Australia & New Zealand), Tanya Ghosn, TaT Biz Director, Jeff Smit, The Workshop Whisperer Managing Director, Rachael Scheldrick and Gavin Cribb from the Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence.
Capricorn Rising Stars is proudly supported by major partner Castrol along with the valued support of Repco, AutoMate, TaT and The Workshop Whisperer.