The Barcelona City Council has expanded its budget on occupation policies in the face of the current coronavirus crisis and will deploy a total of 12 million euros in 2021 to pay for a shock plan against youth unemployment .
The youngest are being one of the groups hardest hit by the pandemic and to contain that hemorrhage that increases the unemployment rate, the Barcelona city council has increased its funds by 25% in this regard.
This program, presented this Tuesday by the first deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni, aspires to serve 15,000 young people from Barcelona. And as one of the main novelties, it incorporates a psychological support program to alleviate the emotional ravages derived from the pandemic.
Barcelona will deploy a budget of 12 million euros throughout this year to expand training, recycle or recognize user skills; as well as to inject money into companies that hire some of the 14,980 young people who are currently unemployed in the Catalan capital.
Tourists no longer crowd the Ramblas or the surroundings of the Sagrada Familia or Parc Güell, nor do they fill the nightclubs on the seafront or those of Paral·lel. And the weakest links in the labor market, such as young people, are the ones who are failing the worst.
Youth unemployment has increased by 53.8% in the last year in Barcelona, with sectors such as hotels, tourism or commerce unemployed or heavily burdened. More than half of whom have not found a job for more than six months.
The objective of the occupation plan presented this Tuesday by the City Council is not to feed that ‘ low cost’ job lost due to the (momentary) disappearance of the more than 12 million visitors it attracted before the virus, but to redirect those profiles towards sectors with more quality and stability.
“In the technology sector we have found unfilled vacancies”, it is a “small local drama, because we have the talent”, declared the first deputy mayor, Jaume Collboni. The ICT sector will be one of the priorities in the plan of the consistory, given the sustained increase in demand from companies located in locations such as Pier 01 or the old industrial estates of Poble Nou.
The plan is articulated through 4 areas and 59 actions, one of them focused on encouraging companies to prioritize young people in their hiring. One of the programs that is expected to be strengthened with this 25% increase in the youth employment budget is Crea Feina.
Currently the companies that take advantage of this program, and that offer a contract of at least six months duration, receive a bonus of 5,000 euros from the City Council. The idea is to increase this amount, on what is being worked; as explained from the consistory. The municipality will also assume the direct hiring of 150 people.