More than 2,000 winter seasonal staff are being recruited by Club Med for its ski resorts in the French Alps.

The opening of a new 442-room resort in Alpe d’Huez will also create 120 full-time jobs.

The new all-inclusive mountain hotel will hire a 360-winter team, including a recruitment campaign in the UK.

Jobs available include bar staff, front desk receptionists, spa therapists, childcare assistants, cooks and sales staff.

The drive for English speakers comes as the proportion of international clients holidaying with the French company has risen to 70% over the past few years.

The company additionally plans to invite students from international hospitality schools to its first food and beverage challenge next month. The Club Med Lab competition is open to all students, from NVQ to master’s degree level, with a dedicated website to be introduced in October.

Club Med, owned by Thomas Cook’s Chinese suitor Fosun, last month reported a 4.8% rise in revenues to €906 million in the half year to June as customer numbers rose by 1.6% year-on-year to 750,000.

The operator attracted 1.44 million holidaymakers last year, a rise of 6.6% on 2017 as part of a strategy to move up market.