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Case Study: Phil Lowery


Phil Lowery is a Commissioning and Pre-Operations Section Leader at Sellafield Ltd, working on projects which support the continued operation and maintenance of facilities across the nuclear site.

Having first joined the business as an apprentice when he was 16, Phil has since gone on to complete a HNC, HND and a BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree through Lakes College and the National College for Nuclear.

Phil has worked in a number of roles, from instrument craft within maintenance, commissioning engineer and lead pre-operations engineer, and has found the progression into a management role a ‘very rewarding’ opportunity to work with people and help solve problems.

Phil's journey

How Lakes supported Phil

Phil believes Lakes College helped him to advance in his career by not only supporting him to achieve qualifications but also personal development and delivery of skills he would need in the workplace.

He said: “I can’t stress enough how important some of the relationships that I built while going to Lakes College with the tutors were.

“These guys are very good at teaching and being able to converse in a way that allows you to have deep conversations which you probably couldn’t have with a lot of other people. That environment to grow in is really important.

“I’ve had a look at what the other options were and I’ve actually asked friends that went to university, and what they found through their experience was the tutors that they had they weren’t personal, they didn’t have much time with them and they found the experience and the support that they got was far less than what I got.”

Phil's advice

Phil encouraged people, no matter what their career, to always look to help others when in need, as that will build a culture of support and cooperation.

“Building a support network with the vision of never asking for anything back but knowing that at some point in life I will need help, that’s the one piece of advice I’d give someone,” he said.

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