Cheryl Pryde - a Modern Apprentice (MA) from Shieldhill in Falkirk – excelled so much during her studies that she won Forth Valley College’s Student of the Year prize.
Then INEOS MA Cheryl (22) was presented with the top prize along with her MA of the Year (Nicola Patrick Memorial) Award at the 2015 ceremony held at Falkirk Town Hall on the evening of Tuesday 6 October.
As a Chemical Process MA Cheryl – received her SVQ Level 3 Certificate, MA Certificate, completed her HNC in Chemical Engineering and gained an A grade for her graded Unit – and completed her third year with INEOS as an MA, before accepting a job with BP, where she is now based offshore.
She has certainly followed in the family footsteps by becoming an engineering apprentice like her dad, uncle, grandfather, and cousin before her - all progressing on to have excellent careers within the oil and gas Industry.
Before she even began her MA Cheryl also had to overcome health problems. which resulted in her having to miss her higher exams in her school. However she had already gained the qualifications required to allow her to apply to INEOS for an MA the year before. In fact she was spending the week in hospital when she was invited to attend the MA assessment centre for interview and aptitude testing, but happily she was released in time to attend and the rest is now history.
"It has been absolutely amazing journey. Coming from a point of missing my exams through illness and panicking, to gaining my qualification, winning these awards and starting a new job is unbelievable.
"My advice to new Modern Apprentices and students at the college would be to basically stick in and ask as many questions as you can. There are so many great people in the industry and at the college who can help you, never be afraid to ask for help."