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The party says applicants are now two-and-a-half times more likely to get into Cambridge than on to the BAE apprenticeship scheme, and that young people have a greater chance of achieving a first-class degree than securing a spot on the Jaguar Land Rover scheme.
At City of Westminster College, Mr Byrne will say a Labour government would give employers more control over the standards and assessment criteria for training, and task combined local authorities and enterprise partnerships with drawing up the commissioning strategy for adult skills in their area.
Shadow business minister Liam Byrne is to say that it is almost three times more difficult to win a Rolls-Royce apprenticeship than a place at Oxford.
In a speech outlining the need to create a better vocational track to degree level professional and technical skills, he will pledge a "new way forward" that is "pro-company and pro-worker".
Labour claims securing an apprenticeship is now twice as hard as getting a place at university.
According to figures obtained from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the number of apprenticeship starts by under-25s has fallen by more than 11,000 under the coalition Government.