Nominations for the 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars close April 30

Nominations are now open for Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand to recognise the efforts of their star apprentices by nominating them in the 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars competition. 
A quick and easy visit to will secure your star apprentice a nomination for this automotive aftermarket industry renowned accolade. A finalist placement or the overall win will not only earn the apprentice and the Capricorn Member some outstanding prizes, but will also serve to encourage apprentices to continue their chosen vocation for several years to come. 
Capricorn Rising Stars is unique compared to other apprentice of the year competitions as it does not focus solely on the technical proficiency of each nominee. Capricorn Rising Stars prioritises rewarding apprentices who demonstrate a passion for automotive, a positive can-do attitude and a strong commitment to forging a long and rewarding career in the service and repair industry. 
This unique judging criteria creates a level playing field for first to fourth year apprentices across all automotive service and repair disciplines. This also means that Capricorn Members can nominate any of their apprentices who demonstrate outstanding character and potential as they continue to learn their craft and display eagerness to further develop their skills.
Capricorn Chief Executive Officer Automotive and judging panel member, Brad Gannon, said Capricorn Rising Stars continues to be an important initiative to help stop 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,” Brad said.
“Through Capricorn Rising Stars we are providing an opportunity for our Members to acknowledge their apprentice’s 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,” Craig said.
“Our industry will only benefit by the calibre of her attitude, desire to learn and willingness to be the best she can.” 
Every Capricorn Rising Stars nominee will receive a certificate that is sent to their workshop. 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. 
The 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars prize pool once again makes nominating your star apprentice very rewarding. The overall winner will receive $5,000 from Castrol, a Capricorn Rising Stars trophy, along with all of the prizes that the top five finalists receive. These include $1,000 from Castrol, a $1,000 Repco voucher and tickets to two Repco Training Masterclasses. 
The prizes don’t stop there – the Capricorn Member workshops who nominate the top five finalists will also be rewarded with a 12-month Repco Autopedia subscription.
Additionally, the overall winner’s workshop will receive enrolment in the Workshop Whisperer’s Service Advisor Pro online program, which is valued at over $3,000.
Capricorn thanks long-term Capricorn Rising Stars program sponsors Castrol, Repco and the Workshop Whisperer who have donated these fantastic prizes.  

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