Capricorn is inviting its members across Australia and New Zealand to recognise the efforts of their star apprentices by nominating them for the 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars competition.
According to Capricorn, Rising Stars is a unique competition as it recognises the technical proficiency of each nominee, as well as demonstrated passion, a positive can-do attitude, and a strong commitment to forging a long career in the service and repair industry.
Capricorn says the judging criteria creates a level playing field for first to fourth year apprentices across all automotive service and repair disciplines, including those in the collision repair industry. It also allows Capricorn members to nominate apprentices demonstrating outstanding character, potential, and an eagerness to further develop their skills.
Capricorn CEO Automotive and judging panel member, Brad Gannon, said Capricorn Rising Stars continues to be an important initiative to help prevent the loss of apprentices to other industries.
“The shortage of mechanics remains a challenge faced by our industry. We also know that completing an auto repair apprenticeship is no easy undertaking,” said Gannon. “Through Capricorn Rising Stars we are providing an opportunity for our members to acknowledge their apprentices’ efforts and reward them for their hard work.
“By showing our apprentices that they have a bright future ahead of them, we can help keep them committed to their workshops and the auto repair industry more broadly.”
Highfields Mechanical owner, Craig Baills, who nominated 2020 Capricorn Rising Star winner Gabrielle Clift, said it was important to recognise apprentices’ good work.
“Gabby has a work ethic that is rare, and she never expects to [be] rewarded for what she considers normal effort. But to us, she is an integral part of our team and an employee who improves the performance of those around her. Our industry will only benefit by the calibre of her attitude, desire to learn and willingness to be the best she can,” added Baills.
Every Capricorn Rising Stars nominee will receive a certificate, sent to their workshop. The overall winner will receive $5000 from Castrol and a Capricorn Rising Stars trophy, along with all of the prizes that the top five finalists receive. These include $1000 from Castrol, a $1000 Repco voucher and tickets to two Repco Training Masterclasses.
An additional $20,000 in cash and prizes will be shared by the overall winner, the top five finalists and the Capricorn member workshops that nominated them.
Capricorn member workshops nominating the top five finalists will be rewarded with a 12-month Repco Autopedia subscription. Additionally, the overall winner’s workshop will be enrolled in the Workshop Whisperer’s Service Advisor Pro online programme, valued at more than $3000.
To nominate an apprentice and to find out more, including the competition terms and conditions, visit www.capricornrisingstars.com. Entries close 30 April 2021.