Under a new anti-crisis strategy Barcelona city council is to provide jobs for over 2,000 residents who have been out of work for six months or longer and who no longer receive unemployment benefit. It is also increasing places available for vocational training by 82 per cent.

The jobs will be primarily in the areas of information technology, building work and areas of renewable energy, while vocational courses will have more than 200 options, including design, tourism, health and management.