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OUR MISSION

Recognising
Rewarding
Retaining

... outstanding technicians in the Aftermarket industry.

Capricorn Rising Stars helps Capricorn Members recognise, reward and retain high-performing apprentices. These are apprentices who show initiative in the workshop, eagerness to learn and commitment to the auto industry. Beyond that, it will put them in the running to win a share of more than $27,000 worth of prizes* for them and their workshop.

By recognising the contribution of automotive apprentices and the bright careers they have ahead of them, we hope to continue to attract the best talent and keep more auto technicians working in the industry.

With a shortage of qualified technicians to go around, it's up to all of us to take on and encourage apprentices that are passionate about the auto industry.

Prizes*

There is prize pool worth over $27,000, a share of which can be won by the apprentices and workshops.

By recognising the contribution of automotive apprentices and the bright careers they have ahead of them, we hope to continue to attract the best talent and keep more auto repairers working in the industry.

Top 5 Finalists

Apprentices:

  • $1,000 cash courtesy of Castrol
  • A $1,000 Repco voucher
  • Tickets to 2x Repco Masterclasses valued at $258

Workshops:

  • A 12-month Repco Autopedia subscription valued at $1,548

Overall Winner

Apprentice:

  • An additional $5,000 cash courtesy of Castrol
  • A Capricorn Rising Stars Trophy

 

Workshop:

  • The Workshop Whisperer’s Service Advisor Pro online program valued at $3,000 plus GST

*Terms and Conditions apply. Please see for full terms and conditions. All prizes are in Australian dollars apart from cash prizes which will be in Australian or New Zealand Dollars depending upon the recipient’s location.

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Calendar

  1. 1st February 2023

    NOMINATIONS OPEN

  2. 30th April 2023

    APPLICATIONS CLOSE

  3. July 2023

    TOP 5 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

  4. August 2023

    OVERALL WINNER ANNOUNCED

Rising Stars

Previous Winners

2022 Capricorn Rising Star winner Marama Thompson
2022
Marama Thompson
Auto Shoppe Eurotech (NZ)
2021 Capricorn Rising Stars Winner Ben Brown
2021
Ben Brown
CWR Motorsport (NZ)
2020 Capricorn Rising Stars winner Gabrielle Clift
2020
Gabrielle Clift
Highfields Mechanical and Off Road  (QLD)
2019 Capricorn Rising Stars winner Jeremy Drabsch

2019

Jeremy Drabsch

Titan Automotive (QLD)

2018 Capricorn Rising Stars winner Mark Smith
2018
Mark Smith
The Battery Terminal (ACT)

"Encouraging and acknowledging future leaders is an important part of growing and supporting the automotive industry. We at Capricorn wish to help Members strengthen their teams and believe recognition and reward will help businesses attract and retain the best talent."

David Fraser
Capricorn Group CEO

“She is a superstar. She has only been with me for two years and has now become my 2IC.”

Nik Fowlie, on Marama Thompson Capricorn Rising Stars 2022
Auto Super Shoppe Eurotech’s Director

“The joy of another car fixed and roadworthy, and another satisfied customer, makes me proud of what I do."

Marama Thompsom
2022 Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year Winner from Auto Super Shoppe Eurotech (NZ)

"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 in the industry."

Brad Gannon
Capricorn CEO Automotive

"Jessica has definitely shown us that women do belong in the workshop, she puts in 100% and has given us faith that there are still hard-working youth willing to get their hands dirty, learn a trade and take pride in their work."

Harris Automotive on Jessica Smith's 2022 Top 5 Finalist nomination

YOU MAY NEED TO KNOW

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can nominate an apprentice for the 2023 Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year award?

A manager or supervisor from a Capricorn Member workshop.

Are nominations only open to Capricorn Members?

Yes, only Capricorn Members can nominate apprentices for the 2023 Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year award.

What constitutes an eligible apprentice to be nominated for the award?

The apprentice must be employed as an apprentice at the time of nomination by the nominating workshop and be currently undertaking tuition from a recognised automotive training institution.

Can an apprentice who was nominated previously be nominated again?

Yes, we encourage all Members to re-nominate those previously nominated as it’s a great way to show them that they are appreciated and valued which is essential in retaining employees. The only requirement is that they are still an apprentice at the time of nomination.

How many apprentices can be nominated for the award by the same person or workshop?

As many apprentices as are apprenticed to the workshop.

Can any of the prizes be exchanged for cash or prizes transferred to another individual?

Prizes are not transferrable for cash. Prizes cannot be transferred to other individuals.

When will the winners be announced?

The Overall Winner will be announced by Capricorn in early August with all Top 5 Finalists announced in July.

How will the apprentice and workshop be advised if they won, made the final list or been shortlisted?

Winners and finalists will be contacted by phone and/or email prior to the public announcements. Shortlisted candidates will also be contacted via phone and/or email to arrange the completion of a second assessment round as part of the application process.

Nominate your apprentice

Nominator

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Apprentice

We now need your apprentice's details and the reason you are nominating your apprentice for the 2023 Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year award.