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Nominate your apprentice for top industry accolade

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Nominations are still open for Capricorn Members across Australia to recognise the efforts of their star apprentices by nominating them in the 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars competition.

The overall winner receives $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 other four finalists also receive $1,000 from Castrol, a $1,000 Repco voucher and tickets to two Repco Training Masterclasses.

The prizes don’t stop there, with the Capricorn Member workshops who nominate the top five finalists also rewarded with a 12-month Repco Autopedia subscription. Additionally, the overall winner’s workshop will receive enrollment in the Workshop Whisperer’s Service Advisor Pro online program, which is valued at over $3,000.

Capricorn CEO 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,” said Gannon.

“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.”

The competition’s unique judging criteria also creates a level playing field for first to fourth year apprentices across all automotive service and repair disciplines, said Capricorn.

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.

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 rewarded for what she considers normal effort,” said Baills.

“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.”

For more information on the competition including the competition Terms and Conditions, click here.

Entries close on April 30.

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