The Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year finalists have been revealed

In its fifth year running, Capricorn’s prestigious Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year Awards received 341 nominations from automotive businesses across Australia and New Zealand.
Capricorn says the high calibre of entries received in 2022 is a testament to the ongoing value and importance of apprentices in the industry.
By recognising the contribution of automotive apprentices, Capricorn aims to help build a more sustainable industry and forge deeper relationships with young repairers and workshops.

The top five Capricorn Rising Star Apprentice of the Year competition finalists are:
• Marama Thompson – Auto Super Shoppe Eurotech, New Zealand
• Harrison Oastler – NQ Kool Cars and Kustoms, Queensland
• Jessica Smith – Harris Automotive, Victoria
• Jackson Vogelsang – Fleurieu Crash Repairs, South Australia
• Chelsea Bowers – John Edwards Automotive, Queensland

Capricorn Chief Executive Officer Automotive, Brad Gannon, said the awards showcased the talent and diversity of automotive aftermarket apprentices from panel and fabrication to auto electrical, general mechanical, heavy diesel and more.
“Unlike other apprentice competitions that focus purely on the technical proficiency of nominees, Capricorn Rising Stars prioritises rewarding apprentices who demonstrate a passion for the automotive industry, a positive can-do attitude and a strong commitment to forging a long career as a repairer,” Brad said.
“The unique judging criteria created a level field for first to fourth-year apprentices across all disciplines. This encouraged Capricorn Members to nominate apprentices who demonstrated outstanding character and potential.
“Completing an automotive apprenticeship is no easy undertaking. The qualified technician shortage highlights how important it is to train the next generation, support our apprentices and create a pipeline of talent for the future.”
Strong female representation has also been a prominent feature of this year’s Rising Star awards, with women making up three of the five finalists for the first time in 2022.
The Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year Awards is delivered by Capricorn in partnership with Castrol, Repco and the Workshop Whisperer.
The top five finalists receive a $1,000 Repco voucher, $1,000 cash from Castrol and tickets to two Repco masterclasses.
The overall winner will also receive an additional $5,000 in prize money from Castrol and a Capricorn Rising Stars trophy. The winner’s workshop will also receive complimentary enrolment in the Workshop Whisperer’s Service Advisor Pro online program.
The five finalists will now go on to compete for the coveted title of Capricorn Rising Star 2022, which will be announced in August.

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