Careers & Training

Finalists revealed for top industry apprentice award

Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, Capricorn, is delighted to announce the finalists in the Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition.

A record breaking 600-plus Capricorn Members from across Australia and New Zealand nominated their star apprentices for this prized annual accolade that rewards and recognises the automotive aftermarket industry’s leaders of the future.

The top five Capricorn Rising Star Apprentice of the Year competition finalists are:

  • Ben Brown – CWR Motorsport (NZ)
  • Adam McDonald – Voltaic Auto Electrical (WA)
  • Jordon Dodge – Mark Dodge Auto Repairs (QLD)
  • Paige Scully – Krupic Auto Repairs (VIC) (pictured above)
  • Thomas Rutzou – Jag & British Prestige Service (VIC)

All have been noted by their employers for leadership skills beyond their years, along with their outstanding willingness to learn, along with displaying genuine pride and enthusiasm for their work and future automotive aftermarket career potential.

Once again, the talented 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition finalists include a diverse range of backgrounds and specialisations continuing an encouraging trend.

After a challenging 2021, it is promising to see such a high calibre of apprentices nominated and an increasing number of young women entering the automotive servicing and repair industry.

Given such a broad number of Capricorn Rising Star nominations this year, the judging process to identify the top five finalists proved to be a detailed task for the panel of Rising Star competition judges, headed by Capricorn Automotive CEO, Bradley Gannon.

“We are delighted with the record number of nominations that our members submitted this year,” said Gannon.

“Given the industry wide shortage of qualified repairers, it has never been more important that we support and encourage our apprentices – and it is clear that there are many young star performers working in our members’ workshops.

“The Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition enables our members to show their apprentices the bright future that awaits them and to maintain their passion for the industry to forge a long and successful automotive career.”

Capricorn conducts this industry renowned Apprentice of the Year competition with the generous support of program sponsors Castrol, Repco and The Workshop Whisperer, who have donated several outstanding prizes for the finalists, their nominating workshops and of course the soon to be announced overall 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year.

The winner will be announced in August.

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