It’s always great to be able to report a success story for our clients and this one from Flip Out Stoke is a real delight.
Here’s Ben Clarke’s story on how he has gone from Flip Out cleaner to producing promotional videos seen by a million people.
Unlike many students his age, 18-year-old Ben won’t be packing his bags for university this month, nor will he be filling out endless job application forms.
Instead the creative youngster, who achieved three grade Bs in A Level Business Studies, Computing and Product Design and the top Distinction* grade in Interactive Media, will be busy working on the next big social media campaign for Flip Out trampoline parks in Stoke and Chester.
It’s a job Ben is extremely passionate about, having first started work at Flip Out Stoke as a part-time cleaner. However, after impressing bosses with his creative talents, he has now started a full-time role as a creative assistant in the company’s marketing department, generating video footage, photographs and social media content for the company’s 80,000 social media following.
He explains: “About 18 months ago I was looking for a part-time job and spotted that Flip Out in Stone were looking for a part-time cleaner. It sounded like it would be a really fun place to work, so I applied and got the job.
A few months into the role I decided to buy a GoPro camera and was in the arena one day filming one of the staff members doing some tricks on the trampolines. I edited the footage and created a video. The next thing I know Elliott Shuttleworth, the director at Flip Out Stoke, asked if he could use it on social media.
I started doing more and more bits and pieces on social media. It was like a new-found passion and before I knew it I was filming every Wednesday and then cleaning at the weekends.
When I finished college in June I was asked to take up the role as creative assistant on a full-time basis and I couldn’t be happier. It’s the best job in the world. In fact, a lot of the time, it doesn’t even feel like work it’s so much fun.”
Ben, who studied his A Levels at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, has already seen his photographs published in media across Staffordshire and Cheshire and produced videos that have been viewed by more than 1 million people.
Ben added: “I’ve put a lot of time and effort into it behind the scenes learning how to shoot and edit good videos so the hard work has really paid off.
I’ve always known that university is not the route I want to go down so I’m delighted to have landed myself a great job with brilliant long-term prospects in a company that promotes from within. The Flip Out team are great to work with and it just goes to show that if you make the effort and work hard the rewards will come. I think if you’re passionate about something it really does pay to just dive straight in.”
Since opening in December 2015 Flip Out Stoke has generated 120 new jobs for the region and directors Elliott Shuttleworth and Matthew Melling are always looking to create new opportunities.
Elliott comments: “Here at Flip Out we invest heavily in our team and we are always looking for opportunities to help our employees develop their skills, rewarding those who step up and do more than just a job.
Ben has always been a really passionate and energetic member of the Flip Out team and his new role perfectly matches his skills and enthusiasm.
He is a credit to young people demonstrating a positive, can-do attitude and we look forward to working with him on some exciting projects over the next few months. This is very much the start of Ben’s journey at Flip Out and we will be investing in further training for him in the future. As the business is part of a massive global franchise, there will be lots of opportunities for him to progress his career.”