Two of ARC Stockton’s catering staff based at No 60, the venue’s café and catering department, are both celebrating after gaining NVQ qualifications in catering after successfully combining their full time roles with part time study.

Rob Sanders, from Stockton, has recently achieved an NVQ Level 3 in Hospitality, Supervision and Leadership after completing a year of part time study whilst also being periodically observed at ARC by college tutors.

This is a double celebration for Rob as he was recently promoted to ARC’s Catering Manager from Catering Assistant, which means he is now responsible for overseeing catering for events, meetings and visiting artists, as well as the huge task of managing No 60’s staff, menus and stock takes and general overseeing of the cafe.

Cheryl Carter, who is ARC’s Assistant Catering Manager recently gained NVQ level 2 in Hospitality and is now working towards her level 3 which she hope to complete by summer 2017.

Both staff have progressed through the ranks at ARC over the past few years, previously working as bar staff and café assistants.

Rob commented: “The past year has been a really great experience for me. It’s been really helpful to learn on the job too and now that I am in a new role it’s been even better. I can’t wait to put what I’ve learnt into practice, the NVQ qualification has been invaluable for my development.”

No 60 is based in ARC’s café area and serves breakfast, lunch and evening meals, as well as hosting regular food and music nights. No 60 also boasts a 22 pan ice cream bar and a selection of craft ales, ciders and spirits.