Nominate your apprentice for the 2020 Capricorn Rising Star award

The search is on for Australia’s most promising automotive apprentice, with nominations opening for the 2020 Capricorn Rising Star award.

Capricorn members are invited to recognise their outstanding apprentices who show initiative in the workshop, an eagerness to learn and commitment to the automotive industry by nominating them for this award.

Through the simple act of nominating an apprentice, Capricorn members are encouraging and rewarding their apprentices and letting them know that they have a bright future ahead of them.

With the automotive industry experiencing a shortage of qualified mechanics, the Capricorn Rising Star award is a way for businesses to reward and retain their apprentices who are showing excellence in the field, according to Capricorn Automotive CEO Bradley Gannon.

“It is clear we need to come together as an industry to support and retain the young men and women who are the future,” said Gannon. “The Capricorn Rising Stars program is one simple way our Members can do this, building their relationships with their apprentices to strengthen the industry more broadly.

“We strongly encourage our Members to nominate their apprentices that are displaying outstanding commitment so early in their automotive repair careers.”

The winner of the Capricorn Rising Star search will win an all-expenses paid trip to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar event, including tickets for themselves as well as their workshop boss and two friends, flights, accommodation and $2,000 spending money.

Additionally, the five finalists for the award, including the winner, will each take home a $1,000 Repco voucher, two tickets to the Capricorn Gala Dinner & Tradeshow, a 12-month subscription to the Repco Autopedia technical support service, tickets to two Repco masterclass clinics, a 12-month subscription to Autodata Training and a profile published in Capricorns Member magazine Ignition.

All nominated apprentices will also receive a certificate recognising their nomination.

The Capricorn member who nominates the winning apprentice won’t be left empty handed either, with 150,000 Capricorn reward points on offer to the business of the winning apprentice.

Capricorn Members can nominate an apprentice by completing the online form here. The apprentice will then be contacted by Capricorn to fill out their own entry.

The 2019 Capricorn Rising Star was awarded to Queensland based apprentice Jeremey Drabsch from Titan Automotive, who was selected by a panel of highly experience automotive aftermarket industry judges.

Demonstrating his professionalism and dedication to his craft both inside and outside of the workshop, Jeremy credited his employer for his early success.

“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,” said Drabsch. I feel really privileged to be in a workshop that’s working hard to stay ahead of the curve.”

Of the five highly talented finalists for the 2019 award, two were current MTA Institute apprentices: Stephanie McKenzie, a light vehicle apprentice from Ultra Tune Bundaberg, and Micah Connolly, a light vehicle apprentice from Paramount Automotive.

Nominations for the 2020 Capricorn Rising Star award close 30 April.

4 Feb 2020