Judging Criteria

Through Capricorn Rising Stars we want to recognise those aspiring auto repairers who show the most promise as industry leaders of the future. These are those apprentices who show initiative in the workshop, eagerness to develop their craft further and passion for the auto industry. Your nominee will be required to demonstrate these values in their answers to 9 written questions provided to them, following their nomination. 

Judging for Capricorn Rising Stars will not include personal visits to evaluate each apprentices skill set. This is designed to ensure apprentices of all levels, from all parts of Australia and New Zealand are eligible to enter and compete against each other.

Capricorn Rising Stars isn’t just about who wins. It’s about nominating your star apprentices to let them know they have a bright future in the industry. 

Recognising, Rewarding and Retaining Outstanding Future Auto Repairers



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The Winner will receive


All expenses trip to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 for the Rising Star Apprentice, their workshop boss and two friends including;

- 4 tickets to the 2020 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar event

- Flights, accommodation and $2,000 spending money

- 150,000 Bonus Rewards Points on the Member trade account

Workshop Whisperer leadership academy training for the winning apprentice

Plus everything the finalists win



Castrol Australia

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Each of the Top 5 Finalists will receive

  • $1,000 Repco voucher

  • A 12 month subscription to Repco's Autopedia technical support service

  • Tickets to 2x Repco masterclass clinics

  • A 12 month subscription to Autodata Training

  • Two tickets to the Capricorn Gala Dinner & Tradeshow

  • Plus a profile published in Capricorns Member magazine Ignition

Top 5 Finalists



Bradley Gannon

Automotive CEO - Capricorn Society

Bradley is Chief Executive Officer Automotive of Capricorn Society, responsible for its Automotive Division which operates in all parts of Australia and New Zealand.

Stuart Charity

Executive Director - Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association LTD (AAAA)

Stuart joined the AAAA as Executive Director in 2006. The AAAA is the national industry association representing over 2,250 manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment.

2019 Capricorn Rising Star Winner

Queensland based apprentice from Titan Automotive, Jeremy Drabsch, was selected by the Capricorn Rising Star panel of highly experienced automotive aftermarket industry judges as the 2019 Capricorn Rising Star. In what proved to be yet another extremely close competition, Jeremy stood out by demonstrating his professionalism and dedication to his craft, inside and outside of the workshop.

When interviewed Jeremy said;

I always strive to be an excellent representative of my workshop, not just when I'm wearing my uniform, but outside of work too. I recognise I'm being paid to learn, so I always make sure I'm prepared to do my very best at all times including studying up on topics every day before class. Even little things like sitting at the front in class and not going out for lunch. I know that if I was paying someone to study, I'd want them to take it very seriously too, 

Jeremy credits his employers at Titan Automotive with his early successes. 

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. I'm feel really privileged to be in a workshop that's working hard to stay ahead of the curve, 

Jeremy also said. 

When it comes to repair work, my workshop's values are aligned with my own, which I think is important. At Titan there is a strong focus on producing high quality work as opposed to just getting cars out. I really respect and appreciate the opportunity to be part of this. It is a relationship where we are both fully committed to the end goal. 

Of special additional note are the four highly talented finalists who made it to the last round of judging alongside our winner. 

These finalists where: 

  • Stephanie McKenzie - Ultra Tune Bundaberg (QLD) 
  • Micah Connolly - Paramount Automotive (QLD) 
  • Sarah Spriopoulos - Kilmore Collision Centre (VIC) 
  • Wesley Rietveld - Westernport Automotive (VIC)  

Applications Now Closed

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Here's your chance to encourage and recognise your apprentice

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. There are prizes, training and 'money cant buy experiences' up for grabs for the winner, the Capricorn Member that nominates them and our top 5 finalists.

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

Nominate your star apprentice by completing the online entry form. From there we will contact your apprentice by email to complete their entry for judging.

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

Lookout for updates in Ignition and CapChat or speak to your Area Manager. Finalists announced July 2020. Winner announced August 2020


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The Workshop Whisperer

Rachael Sheldrick - The Workshop Whisperer, is the leading Mechanic Business Coach across Australia and New Zealand.


TatBiz is the popular training arm of the popular TaT network, Publishers of the Automotive Technician Magazine.



Tanya Ghosn

General Manager - Castrol AU & NZ

Tanya is the General Manager for Castrol Australia & New Zealand, responsible for the financial, strategic, supply and operational performance of the Castrol business in both countries. 

Jeff Smit

Director - TatBiz

Jeff is a founding Director of TaT, which is dedicated to improving the skills and earning potential of Australasia's technicians, Jeff also runs his own successful aftermarket workshops.

Rachael Sheldrick

Managing Director - Workshop Whisperer

From a suburban mechanics' workshop to international business woman and disruptor of a global industry, Rachael Sheldrick is a successful workshop owner, author, and Australia and New Zealand's leading business mentor for auto repair business owners.

Gavin Cribb

Manager Commercial Vehicle and Engine Tech - Kangan Institute

Starting his career in 1994 as an apprentice before taking over as a master technician and foreman across a number of dealerships, Gavin Cribb eventually returned to Melbourne to start training the next generations of mechanics.

2019 Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice Competition winner Jeremy Drabsch from Titan Automotive (QLD) receives the good news from Capricorn Area Manager, Bruce Luck.

Who can nominate an apprentice for the Capricorn Rising Star award

A manager or supervisor from a Capricorn Member workshop.

What constitutes an eligible apprentice to be nominated for the Capricorn Rising Star award

The apprentice must be employed 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 Capricorn Rising Star 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 travel related prizes delayed to the following year or prizes transferred to another individual?

Prizes are not transferable for cash. Prizes must be taken in the year in which they are awarded. Prizes cannot be transferred to other individuals.

When can I expect a follow up interview?

Shortlisted candidates can expect to be interviewed in late May / early June 2020.

When will winners be announced?

The winner will be announced by Capricorn in early August 2020 with all finalists announced in July 2020.

How will I be advised if I've 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 may also be contacted via phone and / or email to arrange interviews or request more information as part of the application process.

What's included in the "All expenses paid trip to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600" prize

The "All expenses paid trip to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600" includes: 

4 grandstand tickets to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Supercars Experience held on the Gold Coast, Australia from 3025-27 October – 1 November 202019, valued at approximately $400 plus GST per person; 

4 economy class flights to the Gold Coast from any major city in Australia or New Zealand, valued at approximately $600 per person (pending destination of origin);  •4 nights' accommodation for 4 people in twin share rooms at a 4 star rated hotel on the Gold Coast during the dates of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, valued at approximately $300 per night per twin share (two rooms total);

$2000 spending money.

When does the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 take place?

30 October – 1 November 2020.

What does the Autodata online training package include?

1 x 12 month license to Autodata Training, valued at $360.

Frequently Asked Questions

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