Capricorn has announced the top five Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition finalists for 2021.
According to the cooperative, the Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition rewards and recognises the automotive aftermarket industry’s leaders of the future. This year, more than 600 Capricorn Members from across Australia and New Zealand nominated their star apprentices for the competition – a record number of entrants.
The top five Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition finalists for 2021 are:
- Ben Brown – CWR Motorsport (NZ)
- Adam McDonald – Voltaic Auto Electrical (WA)
- Jordon Dodge – Mark Dodge Auto Repairs (QLD)
- Paige Scully – Krupic Auto Repairs (VIC)
- Thomas Rutzou – Jag & British Prestige Service (VIC)
“All have been noted by their employers for leadership skills beyond their years [and] their outstanding willingness to learn, along with displaying genuine pride and enthusiasm for their work and future automotive aftermarket career potential,” Capricorn said in a statement.
The finalists include a diverse range of backgrounds and specialisations, with Capricorn adding that it was promising to see the high calibre of apprentices nominated along with an increasing number of young women entering the automotive servicing and repair industry after a challenging 2021.
The judging process to identify the top five finalists was a “detailed task” for the panel of competition judges, headed by Bradley Gannon, CEO of Capricorn Automotive CEO.
“We are delighted with the record number of nominations that our members submitted this year,” said Gannon. “Given the industry-wide shortage of qualified repairers, it has never been more important that we support and encourage our apprentices, and it is clear that there are many young star performers working in our members’ workshops.
“The Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition enables our members to show their apprentices the bright future that awaits them and to maintain their passion for the industry to forge a long and successful automotive career.”