A FORMER soldier from Pembroke is back in work after 13 years thanks to an EU funded project.

Workways+ helped Peter Fienhage get a job at Valero after he was assigned a mentor, who worked on his confidence, wrote a new CV and paid for him to get his CSCS Card, NVQ Level 1 Health & Safety in the Construction Environment and CCSNG in 2016.

Peter, who served in the German army for 10 years and worked all over the world, had been out of work since a family traded meant he needed to look after his two young sons full-time.

He had studied for his HNS in energy resources and renewable energy but after putting his career on hold to care for his children he was then faced with a further barrier of health problems in 2010.

Fast-forward to May 2017 when Peter attended the Workways+ Jobs Fair, which was attended by local training providers and companies.

He brought his CV along and approached Valero to see if he could do some work experience with them in the stores at their Pembroke Refinery. Valero were impressed by his ambition and determination and partnered with Workways+ to arrange the work placement.

During his work experience, Peter exceeded all expectations and Valero recognised his initiative and eagerness to learn. A full-time vacancy became available and Peter was offered the job.

Peter said: “I can’t thank Workways+ enough, I didn’t know where to turn and I just wanted a chance to show what I could do. I’m a hard worker and was desperate to get back to work to support my family and get my life back.

“My Workways+ mentor, Jackie, helped me regain my confidence and made me believe in myself again. When I approached Valero at the jobs fair, I just wanted a chance to show my skills. My life is so much better now I have a permanent job, and a steady income. After a hard few years, my boys have grown into amazing young men, I couldn’t be prouder and I too am looking forward to my future.”

Jackie Gilderdale, Workways+ mentor added: “Peter is an inspiration, his enthusiasm and dedication was infectious. I am delighted Peter came to us and that we were able to help, he just wanted that chance to show he could work.”