Shieldhill student Cheryl is the Pryde of Forth Valley College

Cheryl Pryde, a modern apprentice who was named Student of the Year at Forth Valley College's annual awards 2015
Cheryl Pryde, a modern apprentice who was named Student of the Year at Forth Valley College's annual awards 2015

A modern apprentice student has shown that hard work really pays off after landing a top award and a plum job offshore.

Cheryl Pryde from Shieldhill was named Forth Valley College’s Student of the Year at its annual awards ceremony in Falkirk Town Hall on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old was presented with her prize, sponsored by SQA, as well as the Nicola Patrick Memorial trophy for being the Modern Apprentice (MA) of the Year.

Cheryl is also buoyant after her endeavour earned her a job offer from BP – which she has accepted – after completing her third year with Ineos as an MA and is now looking forward to a career offshore.

The former Braes High pupil has shown resolve and determination to reach her goals after ill health forced her to miss her school Highers and was in hospital when Ineos invited her for her MA assessment.

Now she has her MA in chemical process at the Grangemouth plant and has also recently received her SVQ level 3 certificate, completed her HNC in chemical engineering and gained an A grade for her graded unit.

Cheryl also follows in the family footsteps as her dad, uncle, grandfather and cousin have all worked in the oil and gas industry.

She said: “It is absolutely amazing. 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. I can’t believe I have won this award for just coming in and doing something that I enjoy.”

College principal Dr Ken Thomson said: “Cheryl has been an exemplary modern apprentice with Ineos and a conscientious student at Forth Valley College. She thoroughly deserves her student of the year prize. We are all very proud of her and are sure she will be a huge success in the oil and gas industry.”