A multitude of differently sized institutions offer continuing education in Germany. The findings of the cooperation project “Provider Research“ conducted by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) and the Institute for Development Planning and Structural Research (IES) give an overview of the providers‘ sizes. Number and structural data of institutions that offer open programmes in Germany as a main or additional task. Based on the lesson volume, the majority of these institutions are “small” (see table 2). 75 percent of the participating institutions conduct up to 3,000 lessons annually, 40 percent conduct less than 1,000 lessons. Four percent of the providers are “larger“ institutions conducting more than 30,000 lessons. Two percent of all institutions conduct 60,000 and more lessons annually.
Based on the lesson volume, adult education centres are generally small institutions (see table 1). 87 percent of adult education centres conduct 30,000 or less lessons annually. 20 percent of the adult education centres conduct up to 3,000 lessons. Only as little as one percent of adult education centres are big institutions and conduct more than 120,000 lessons.