Working in the engineering industry is a family affair for Modern Apprentice Cheryl Pryde. The 21-year-old’s father, grandfather, uncles and cousins are all involved in the oil and gas sector and she grew up watching them fix things and learning how things worked.
Cheryl recently joined BP and is now working on one of the company’s North Sea platforms, which she said is located “halfway to Norway”.
“I always wanted to work outside and I always wanted to work as part of a team, so my apprenticeship has suited me really well. It is the best thing, because you get industry experience as well as a qualification,” explained the former Braes High School pupil.
She spent the first academic year of her engineering operations Modern Apprenticeship at Forth Valley College, before working onsite at Grangemouth for two years. She is seen as “exceptional” by her managers and supervisors – even coming in when she has time off if there was an opportunity to learn anything new.
Cheryl, from Falkirk, has also taken time to mentor second year apprentices and is keen to encourage more young women into engineering, which can be perceived as a male-dominated industry.
“No one makes a difference,” she explained, adding: “As long as you show you want to learn, everyone treats you the same.”
Forth Valley College’s Ineos MA Contract Manager Lorna Allison said Cheryl is enthusiastic, driven and motivated to do her best. She is already displaying leadership qualities that are waiting to be developed.
She added: “Cheryl always puts 100% into everything she does, she is confident in her ability as a technician and keen to continually develop herself where possible and explore all avenues of opportunity within the industry. She is a great team player, well-liked by her peers, who is always willing to go that extra mile.”