Labour should have done more for the 50% of youngsters who do not plan to go to university, Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham is to say.
He will tell Labour’s annual conference that schools have been seen “solely as preparation for university” for too long.
Those who go straight into work or apprenticeships are left to fend for themselves, he will say.
He will also claim ministers are diverting funds from the most needy.
Speaking at his party’s conference in Liverpool later on Wednesday, he will say: “Let’s be honest about the 50% of kids who don’t plan to go to university. We needed to do more in government about these young people.