Virgin Holidays is creating 100 new jobs at its Crawley headquarters following a strong start to the year for forward bookings.

The positions, to be filled in late September and early October, will include a mixture of sales centre, IT projects and development positions.

The company will be holding assessment centres at its base in West Sussex throughout late August and early September.

Successful candidates will then join in-house induction and training programmes which combine on-the-job vocational instruction and classroom study.

Start dates for successful sales candidates are confirmed as 23rd and 30th September 23 and 30 and October 7.

The latest recruitment drive comes almost exactly a year after the operator revealed plans to create 100 retail apprenticeships for 16-24 year olds.

The company has created more than 250 full time frontline jobs to man its expanding network of shops in the last three years in addition to to the apprenticeships.

Virgin Holidays’ recruitment lead Jess Carver at Virgin Holidays said: “It’s a positive sign for the UK travel and tourism industry and Virgin Holidays in particular that we are seeking to add so many people to our existing team in Crawley.

“We aim to offer an exciting and rewarding career path for everyone, and with a staff satisfaction score of over 95% we’re confident that whoever joins us will love being part of the Virgin Holidays team.

“Learning and development are key in ensuring that our staff feel valued and experience personal and professional growth. In today’s increasingly challenging business world, companies across all industries and sectors must take time to nurture their own talent.

“Our tailored in-house development programmes show a commitment to our new employees.”