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Unit 4.2 Resource Management
The first part of your report consists of an analysis of the differing resource requirements of the three profiled businesses. This must be followed by an outline of the key requirements that businesses in different sectors must consider when managing resources.
This task covers assessment criteria 1.1 and 1.2.
In this part of the report, you should explain the importance of the effective use of physical resources by providing
You should give examples from each sector that relate to the businesses profiled.
This task covers assessment criteria 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4.
Business 1 is an agricultural business in the primary sector.
‘Stems’ is a family business based on the concept of ‘pick your own produce’. Four family members are permanent employees of the company and seasonal workers are hired as needed.
The season lasts from June to October. The main crop is strawberries but there are 20 crops in all and the family is hoping to expand on this. The crops cover 50 acres. Facilities are provided to attract customers and these include car parking, toilets, containers for the picked crops, a shop with snacks and drinks and a picnic area.
The farm has its own reservoir to provide water for irrigation. A series of drains and filters carry the water to the crops.
A new development has been to make picking easier by growing plants in troughs filled with peat. The troughs are supported by a steel structure. This gives the troughs height so that customers do not have to bend to pick the crops. It also reduces crop damage from slugs and woodlice.
Business 2 is an engineering business in the secondary sector. It is a private limited company run by two friends and business partners. The business consists of a factory manufacturing lightweight panel systems for ships, planes and rail cars. The panels are made of aluminium.
The factory relies on lightweight panel technology and specialist machinery. There are 10 factory staff who provide the necessary labour. They are relatively unskilled and can be quickly trained in the factory process. In addition the company employs 3 administration staff. Sales are handled by the partners.
Business 3 is a call centre operating in the tertiary sector on a 24/7, 365 days a year basis. The centre provides a professional telephone answering service to businesses.
The centre employs 100 telephonists who each require 2 weeks training to be fully operational.
The business is heavily dependent on technology using:
Referring to the profiled businesses or similar organisations, provide a section in the report on how to maximise the effectiveness of human resources.
This task covers assessment criteria 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4.
For this section of your report, you will review the effective use of human and physical resources in a specific, live business of your choice.
You should consider the following sources of information and discuss these with your tutor before deciding how to proceed:
In order to write this section of the report, you will:
This task covers assessment criteria 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4.
A bibliography must be attached to your report.