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Clem scores job with rugby star-backed fuel company

An Amman Valley resident has found employment on his doorstep thanks to the support of an EU funded employment project. Clem Davies from Gwaun Cae Gurwen, has now found a permanent job as a driver with local home heating, oil and diesel delivery firm Star Multifuels Ltd.

Shane Williams Star Multi Fuels Workways

Fifty year old ex-Merchant Navy recruit Clem found himself out of work three years ago after having surgery on his back. Following a successful recovery period, Clem was eager to get back to the workplace.

“The down time after the operation was enough; I was desperate to get a job. I’ve always been so active, from my time in the Navy and the retail sector. I found it tough going, and no one was really willing to give me a chance” said Clem.

Clem signed up with the South West Workways project in Carmarthenshire and was helped to look for suitable job vacancies.

South West Workways provides support to help people overcome the barriers which prevent them from finding work. Participants, who choose to take part in the project, are helped with job applications, CVs, interview techniques, personal development and access to training.

Workways is backed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. The project is led by Neath Port Talbot Council in collaboration with Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Swansea Councils

Clem was subsequently matched with a temporary job as a driver at Star Multifuels Ltd. With Workways support he was also able to complete training for both a CSCS card and ADR driving certificate for carrying hazardous goods, with the view to improving his chances of securing permanent employment.     

As a result of his positive attitude throughout his temporary job, Clem was delighted to be taken on permanently by Star Multifuels – which includes former Wales and British Lions star Shane Williams as a company Director.

Clem said "It's brilliant working here. I love the travelling and I get to meet new people all the time. It's a good atmosphere and I get on great with my colleagues”

“The Workways team have been fantastic too. My Mentor Rhydian Anderson made this happen for me, and Employer Liaison Officer Darrel Williams worked tirelessly with the company - I can’t thank them enough.”

“I’m in my fifties now, I’d love to see this job continue for years to come and the rest of my working life” he added.

Andrew Lacey, Director of Star Multifuels Ltd said “Clem’s progress with the company has been superb. Since he started with us, I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from our customers. He has impressed so much that we have put him on a HGV course, for him to receive his Class 2 drivers’ licence.”

“The support we received from Workways has been a huge boost to the company; without it we wouldn’t have been able to employ Clem. Being a new, family run business we would have missed out on an excellent employee.”

Former Wales and British Lions rugby international Shane Williams added “I’m very proud that the company is serving the local community and beyond. I’d like to thank Workways for their support; to be able to employ someone from the area to join a family run business is very important”.