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
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
“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
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
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
“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
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”.