Dudley North MP Ian Austin has backed new Technical Degrees to raise the status of vocational education.
Recent figures show that long-term youth unemployment in Dudley is twice the national average and the number of young apprentices has fallen.
Austin is calling for new Technical Degrees as a gold standard vocational qualification for high-level skills.
Alongside a new Technical Baccalaureate for 16-19 year olds, and compulsory vocational learning from age 14, Technical Degrees will provide a clear path for those wishing to specialise in vocational skills.
Under the plans, students will learn both at university and in the workplace, so they will be earning a wage as an apprentice alongside studying.
Ian Austin said:
"Education has to be our number one priority to bring new and better paid jobs to Dudley.
"Last year the number of apprenticeships for under-25s actually fell by over 11,000. The Government needs to act urgently to reverse this trend to address the skills shortage.
"I think new, high quality Technical Degrees are the best way of making sure local people have the skills that new industries and new jobs need."