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Capricorn Searches For Star Apprentices With Rising Stars Competition

Capricorn kicks off the New Year with a new and exciting Member promotion that seeks to locate star apprentices among its 17,000 plus Member workshops across Australia and New Zealand.

The Capricorn Rising Stars competition seeks to recognise and reward the talented young people who represent the future of our automotive repair industry. With a shortage of qualified mechanics and technicians, Capricorn is looking to encourage apprentices who show initiative and commitment to learn along with passion for the auto industry.

Capricorn Members are asked to nominate their apprentices, with a group of finalists and the winner to be selected by a panel that consists of some of the most experienced professionals in the Australasian automotive aftermarket industry.

The Capricorn Rising Stars judging panel includes David Fraser, CEO Automotive – Capricorn, Sean Rahaley, General Manager – Castrol,  Stuart Charity, Executive Director – Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Jeff Smit, Technical Editor and Director – TaT Biz, Rachael Sheldrick, Director – Workshop Whisperer and Gavin Cribb, Education Manager – Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) Bendigo Kangan Institute.

The search is on for the Capricorn Rising Starts of the Australian and New Zealand auto repair industries, with Members encouraged to nominate their star performing apprentices to be in the running for some great prizes during 2018.

The apprentice automotive technician who is selected as the winner of the Capricorn Rising Stars competition will take his workshop boss and two friends on a trip to the spectacular 2018 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Supercar race event held on the streets of Surfers Paradise from October 19 to 21 thanks to major sponsor, Castrol.

The Capricorn Member who nominates the winning Capricorn Rising Star apprentice will also receive industry renowned Workshop Whisperer customer service training for their business and their apprentice as part of the winner’s prizes.

All Capricorn Rising Star competition finalists will win a $1,000 tool kit from Repco, rewarding and assisting them during this important early stage of their careers. All finalists will also receive an AutoMate online training program to keep them updated on the latest vehicle technology, providing integral technical assistance in the constantly developing automotive service and repair sector of the industry.

The Capricorn Rising Stars winner and finalists will also receive tickets to the Capricorn Gala Dinner & Tradeshow in their region, along with a profile story in Capricorn’s Ignition Member magazine.

This competition is supported by long term Capricorn Preferred Suppliers and strong supporters of apprentice career development in the automotive repair industry; Castrol, Repco, AutoMate, TaT Biz and the Workshop Whisperer.

According to Greg Wall, Capricorn Group CEO, the Capricorn Rising Stars competition is set to reveal and reward some of the most outstanding young individuals of our industry from Capricorn’s Australasian Member base.

“The Capricorn Rising Stars competition is all about promoting and encouraging the people who represent the future of the automotive repair industry. We strongly encourage our Members to nominate their apprentices who will then be in the running for our top prize along with our range of finalists’ prizes. It is a great way to reward the apprentices that are displaying outstanding commitment so early in their automotive repair careers,” Mr Wall stated.

Capricorn Members can nominate their star apprentices quickly and easily online at with entries closing on April 30, 2018. The highly detailed selection and judging process will see the finalists announced by July 1 and the Capricorn Rising Stars winner will be announced on August 1, 2018.

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