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Exporting Employment Strategies Around the World

Our nation's success on creating jobs and getting people into work has not gone unnoticed by the world. That's why we will be leading the way on the OECD's redesign of its jobs strategy - which influences employment policies from New York to Tokyo.

Only this week, I was in Birmingham where we launched our ground-breaking scheme in which Jobcentre Plus advisers will begin going into schools to help prepare pupils for the world of work. We want kids to think about their futures from an early age, yet the skills they need to help them find and keep a job aren't currently taught in our schools - we are changing that.

And yesterday, I was showcasing to my international counterparts in Paris how we have achieved record employment, and how we are creating a stronger economy with opportunity and security at its heart.

The employment landscape is rightly recognised as a high economic priority by the international community. President Hollande himself made a surprise visit to see my international colleagues and I to emphasise this point ahead of yesterday's proceedings.

Importantly, I will say, that we need to start planning for tomorrow's world of work. Successful labour markets of the future will require two things: a need to be inclusive so no-one is barred from getting a job because of their background, and governments and businesses need to work closely together to anticipate economic and market forces. After all, businesses have the inside knowledge on what the growth industries are likely to be. They know what the new products, technologies or services will look like - and therefore what skills and work patterns will be required.

Here in Britain, employers and politicians are already joined up. Businesses have played a crucial role in our economic recovery and our record employment rate is in a large part thanks to them.

However, there is no room for complacency. Future employment policies must see businesses and politicians responding together to changes in labour markets. And my advice to governments around the world today is to tailor their employment and welfare programmes with that as their aim.

Now our focus is continuing to work with employers so our economy continues to grow and we create a Britain where anyone can make the most of those opportunities. That is why we have committed to halving the disability gap, and we are working with employers so they see the benefits of having a diverse workforce through our Disability Confident and See Potential campaigns.

On top of that, our improved childcare offer and introducing the National Living Wage means that people can have the security of a regular wage. And we are making sure that jobseekers have the skills employers are looking for by investing in education, through our employment support programmes and our commitment to create three million more apprenticeships.

Yes, Britain is leading the way in the world - and I'll be encouraging the world to follow.