Firms tells apprentice stuart: “You’re hired”

Yeadon student Stuart Philipson has become the first apprentice in the 24-year history of rapidly expanding Leeds healthcare company Xiros.

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Educated at Benton Park School, Rawdon, Stuart now undertakes a four-year scheme, split between Xiros and Bradford College, where he will study for a degree in mechanical engineering and a BTec national certificate.

Stuart, who plays bass in local heavy rock group Out of the Embers, said: “Career-wise this is all I’ve ever wanted to do.”