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50 Jobs in 50 Days: Alarm firm gives our apprentices drive a ringing endorsement

Steve Snodden is managing director of Diamond
Steve Snodden is managing director of Diamond
Engineering manager Ian Daniels is a former apprentice
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

A security alarms company in Belfast is creating two new apprenticeships in response to the Belfast Telegraph's 50 Jobs in 50 Days campaign.

Family-run company Diamond Electronic Systems is based on Heron Road and has been in business for nearly 30 years.

Finance director Angela Bennett – whose father Tom Snoddon established the firm – said it had been looking for young people to take on for some time.

Current managing director Steve Snoddon is himself a former apprentice and Mrs Bennett said any young people interested in following in his footsteps could visit its stand at the Belfast Metropolitan College jobs fair at its Titanic Quarter campus on Monday.

She said: "There are 15 of us at the minute, including administrative and engineering staff.

"We also have one apprentice – but we are now looking for another two, so that each engineer can have an apprentice with them."

Mrs Bennett said the company had grown to believe in the importance of apprentices. "We have found our best engineers have been people we have brought in from school and trained up."

The apprenticeships on offer are NVQ level 3 in fire and security engineering, and Mrs Bennett said she expected students who will sit their GCSEs this year would apply. As for what will happen afterwards, she said: "They will then be qualified engineers and hopefully stay with our company, but it will open up a career in the fire and security industry for them."

She added: "We fully support the Belfast Telegraph's campaign because we think it's a useful way of highlighting how important apprenticeships are in helping local companies like ours succeed."


Our 50 Jobs in 50 Days countdown began on March 12 after the campaign was launched by the Duke of York. Watch this space next week to hear more about other companies who are this week readying themselves to sign up.

If you are an employer who wants to take on an apprentice as part of our campaign, please let us know by telephoning Margaret Canning on 028 9026 4443 or emailing

Further reading

50 Jobs in 50 Days: Future is with the apprentice

50 Jobs in 50 Days: Six easy ways an employer can find an apprentice

50 Jobs in 50 Days: Royal backing for Belfast Telegraph's bid to help young jobhunters

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