Written by Brendan Simpkins
The annual Schools Auction Idol Competition will return later this year to mark its 11th anniversary.
Established in 2007 by the Society of Auctioneers and Appraisers after former Golden Gavel winner Lindsay Warner created the concept, the Schools Auction Championships has created a pathway for high school students to enter the real estate industry.
Auction Idol has since branched out across the Country with Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland all hosting their own versions of the competition.
Across the ditch, New Zealand is also set to join the party with their own Auction Idol competition.
Students in years 10, 11, and 12 are eligible to take part and may receive school certificate points if the module is included in existing improved subjects, such as drama and legal studies.
Auction Idol is a statewide competition with students initially competing to be crowned as their schools representative.
Students participating in the competition are paired with an industry veteran, acting as a mentor as they learn the tricks of the auction trade.
The field is eventually whittled down to a top six who battle it out for the top prize.
Held annually in conjunction with South Australia’s top auctioneering awards, the Golden Gavel, Auction Idol is helping to raise the profile of the real estate industry amongst the younger generation and establishing it as a legitimate career path.
This year’s installment of the competition will see the greatest amount of students and schools being mentored since the event was first established.
Pultney Grammar will host this year’s heats and the Grand Final, as well as a group training day, after producing back to back winners of the competition.
Grace Nankivell took out the competition in 2015, while Isaiah Fabbro is the current reigning Champion.
The initial group training day will be held on the 7th of April, with heats taking place on the 11th of May.
The Grand Final of the competition will take place on Thursday the 25th of May.
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