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A Leyland based travel companies group has launched a major recruitment drive.

Leyland-based dnata Travel Group, owner of Travel Republic, Travelbag, Netflights, Sunmaster and trade-only tour operator Gold Medal, is seeks to fill more than 120 positions currently available across its UK business.

The company, based at Lancaster House, Centurion Way, is looking to attract new talent across its UK business and particularly in Leyland which already employs 450, and Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey.

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Opportunities are also available at its other hubs located at Chester and across its network of Travelbag high street travel store, as well as hybrid and home working positions.

Inside the dnata - Gold Medal Travel offices in LeylandInside the dnata - Gold Medal Travel offices in Leyland
Inside the dnata - Gold Medal Travel offices in Leyland

The vacancies are for a wide variety of roles that support many of the company’s core brands, and cover positions in all the group’s major shared services functions from marketing, finance and IT, through to customer service and contact centre roles.

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They will supplement nearly 160 roles already filled since the start of the year as the company responds to increasing demand for its range of travel products and services.

Ailsa Pollard, chief executive officer – UK and Europe, said: “Like many travel companies, we’re seeing demand for our holidays pick up. This means we need to increase the size of our team – especially in the critical customer service and sales areas – to ensure we’re able to maximise that interest.

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Ailsa Pollard, CEO, dnata Travel Group EuropeAilsa Pollard, CEO, dnata Travel Group Europe
Ailsa Pollard, CEO, dnata Travel Group Europe

"This is our biggest single recruitment push ever, and we want to fill as many of the available roles as quickly as we can with energetic people who share our own passion for travel, and our vision to reconnect a better world.

“The pandemic was a tough time for the travel industry, and like many other businesses we had to make difficult decisions. But for us now, it’s all about building for the future.

"With travel experiencing a strong period of recovery, we are keen to attract new talent to join our team of over 800 people to help us drive forward our ambitious growth plans.

"As part of a global business we can offer anyone who joins our team unique career pathways that span multiple locations around the world, plenty of opportunities for professional progression, and learning and development programmes to enhance their skills.”

She added that as part of its recruitment efforts, the company has bolstered its already comprehensive package of employee benefits. These include discounted holidays from a vast range of options and a number of salary sacrifice schemes including ‘cycle to work’ and ‘give as you earn’ initiatives, and, as travel reopens, opportunities for educational trips overseas.

She continued: “We have a strong history and heritage in the UK travel industry and an excellent reputation of being an employee-centric business. Nearly half of our existing employees have been with us for more than five years. We can offer those that join us great career personal development, and the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, exciting and thriving culture.”

Mary Wilson, dnata Travel Group Chief People Officer, said: “We’re offering job seekers an opportunity to embark on an exciting career path in a diverse organisation that is a leader in what is a fast-changing and exciting industry. There are so many opportunities for growth and development within our business, and because we operate as part of a large international organisation, there are also career opportunities to work in other territories.

“We believe the benefits and opportunities we offer to be unrivalled in the travel industry, and any talented, enthusiastic and passionate individuals considering a career in a sector that’s as fun and fulfilling as travel should think of dnata Travel Group first. We look forward to helping them realise their potential as they help us achieve our ambitions.”

Hybrid working is also actively promoted throughout the business allowing employees the opportunity to benefit from of a blended mix of home and office-based working.

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