More than 500 nominees were evaluated on their ability to show initiative, eagerness to learn and commitment to the auto industry

Queensland based apprentice from Titan Automotive, Jeremy Drabsch, has been selected as the 2019 Capricorn Rising Star.
“I always strive to be an excellent representative of my workshop, not just when I’m wearing my uniform, but outside of work too,” Jeremy said.
“I recognise I’m being paid to learn, so I always make sure I’m prepared to do my very best at all times including studying up on topics every day before class.
“Even little things like sitting at the front in class and not going out for lunch. I know that if I was paying someone to study, I’d want them to take it very seriously too.”
Jeremy credits his employers at Titan Automotive with his early successes.
“From day one at Titan, my boss was clear in letting me know that I’d get the training needed to work on today’s cars, older vehicles and whatever future technology is coming through. I feel really privileged to be in a workshop that’s working hard to stay ahead of the curve,” Jeremy said.
“When it comes to repair work, my workshop’s values are aligned with my own, which I think is important. At Titan there is a strong focus on producing high quality work as opposed to just getting cars out. I really respect and appreciate the opportunity to be part of this. It is a relationship where we are both fully committed to the end goal.”
As the Capricorn Rising Stars competition winner, Jeremy will take his workshop boss and two friends on an all-expenses paid trip to the 2019 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Supercar race event thanks to major sponsor, Castrol.
Titan Automotive has won 150,000 Bonus Capricorn Reward Points, also courtesy of Castrol, and Jeremy will also receive industry renowned leadership academy training from The Workshop Whisperer.
Of special additional note are the four highly talented finalists who made it to the last round of judging: Stephanie McKenzie – Ultra Tune Bundaberg (QLD; Micah Connolly – Paramount Automotive (QLD); Sarah Spriopoulos – Kilmore Collision Centre (VIC) and Wesley Rietveld – Westernport Automotive (VIC).
Encouragingly, there were substantially more women nominated for the Rising Stars award in 2019, reflecting the increased diversity within our workshops. This was highlighted by the top five placings from Stephanie McKenzie and Sarah Spiropoulos. Sarah also gained the distinction of being the top-rated repairer from a paint and panel workshop.
These finalists all received Capricorn Rising Star prize packs that included a Repco tool kit valued at $1,000; a 12 month subscription to Repco’s Autopedia technical support service; tickets to two Repco Masterclass Clinics; access to the AutoMate online training program and two tickets to their local Capricorn Gala Dinner and Tradeshow.
“Once again we have revealed a number of outstanding young individuals who are making their mark in the automotive service and repair industry. I congratulate the winner, Jeremy Drabsch and all of the finalists, along with all of the apprentices who were nominated for this competition by our Members,” Capricorn Automotive Chief Executive Officer, Bradley Gannon, said.
“We believe it is highly important to support the introduction of new and enthusiastic talent to the industry while encouraging more young people to enter this industry. These are the main reasons why we established the Capricorn Rising Stars competition.
“I would like to thank the highly experienced judging panel for donating their time along with all of our generous program partners for their outstanding prizes. Above all, thanks to the many Capricorn Members who are helping sustain our industry by recognising their apprentices with a nomination.”
Capricorn Rising Stars is proudly supported by major sponsor Castrol, Repco, AutoMate, The Workshop Whisperer and The Automotive Technician (TaT).

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