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The future of continuing education: where are the providers?


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Where is the continuing education industry currently? Where will she move in the next few months? Is in the face of increasing digitization in Company to expect a growth of the training market? The online portal kursfinder.de wanted to know and started to search for industry trends.

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International survey in five countries

An international survey conducted among training providers in Germany, France, the UK, Sweden and Finland conducted the end of 2016 / beginning 2017 via online survey and in which 436 training providers participated.

With mixed feelings, the surveyed European providers look back on the past year. The survey participants from Germany show themselves the most satisfied: 54% have the impression that the expenditure on further education and training rose in the past year.

Investment in training

The fact that investment in continuing education has remained the same or has declined, is less than half the respondents. The judgment of the other nations is not quite as rosy as the majority of the suppliers outside Germany expect a decline or a stagnation of investment in the area of ​​further education. A clear signal is set by the French: 76% of the survey participants in the neighboring country deny that the expenditure on further education has increased.

However, the survey participants are optimistic about their future projections: That 2017 sales can be maintained at the level of the previous year, half of the surveyed German providers are expecting this. 48% even out of a turnover plus. The other European providers of further training look to the next few months to be similarly confident. 50% of Finns stands for a growth in sales, while 34% stands at the same level. In France, 47% of providers of investment in continuing education and training, 41% of stable. The British are most optimistic: Here, 72% expect a sales increase compared to the previous year, only 6% expect a drop in sales.

E-learning does not play an important role

But what kind of training is most popular in Europe? Contrary to the trend towards digitalization, e-learning does not play a major role in the countries involved in the kursfinder.de survey. As the most successful form of education, only 4% of German providers refer to this type of course, even less in Scandinavia. On the other hand, all countries are focusing on open seminars and in-house trainings. In Germany (48%), the UK (50%) and Sweden (52%), open seminars lead the list of the most successful forms of training, while in France (50%) and Finland (51,5%).

That the continuing education market is highly competitive is nothing new. But how can the seminar providers successfully position themselves in the market despite the great competition? There are three main factors on which the European providers rely: on the one hand, the quality of the continuing education content plays an immense role, on the other hand the quality of the lecturers, but also the reputation and brand image of the providers. The majority of respondents in Germany, Finland and the United Kingdom see their quality as the highest quality success, Reputation and brand image take first place in Sweden, which comes in third place among the German providers.

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