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Leisure & Recreation: An investigation into recent trends

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Introduction

Contents: Page 1 = Contents page. Page 2 = E1: Time available. Page 3 = E1: Time available continued. Page 4 = E1: Improved Mobility. Page 5 = E1: Improved Mobility continued. Page 6 = E1: Fashion and Trends. Page 7 = E1: Technological Developments. Page 8 = E1: Technological Developments continued. Page 9 = E1: Technological Developments continued. Page 10 = E1: Disposable Income. Page 11 = E1: Demographic Changes. Page 12 = E2: Hypothesis. Page 13 = E2: Consumer spending. Page 14 = Page 15 = Page 16 = Page 17 = Page 18 = Page 19 = Page 20 = E1: Time Available: Over the past years more and more people have had increased leisure time. This is because of: - shorter working hours - more holiday time - less time spent doing choures (ready meals. Assistance) - transport - the future Shorter working hours also means people have longer holidays. People nowdays work an average of 39 hours a week, which is a lot less compared to years before. Also depending on how many hours a week you now get holiday time allocated. I personally work 12 hours a week and when I joined I was allocated 62 hours holiday time for the year. But if you were to work a full time position then you would get a much larger allocation. A suprising time saver is things like ready meals, hoovers and other house hold appliances such as dishwashers and mircowaves. These all save time to previous equipment in previous years. For example it is easier to hoover your house than to sweep your house with a broom and it is more effective. A lot of time is saved in cooking. Supplements to cooking a meal like ready meals/t.v meals allow people to get a full meal within minutes compared to cooking a meal in 2hours. All of these things allow people to spend less time doing choures and more time relaxing doing what they want to do. ...read more.

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They are: - The public sector. - The private sector. - Voluntary sector. Each of these has their own advantages and disadvantages, and have different objectives. Public: The public sector is any business or service that is funded by the government (taxpayers). Private: The private sector is greater as it is every business. They have a different object compared to the public sector. Which is that they are trying to make money (profit), whereas the public sector is providing a service. Voluntary: The voluntary sector is made up of people who do things (Local football clubs) for the intrinsic values they gain from them. They do these activities for the fun and enjoyment that they get from them. Within all three of these types of ownership there are 6 different components. They are: The private sector: The owners of private sector businesses are shareholders for major firms. Or sole traders for more local businesses. But they all share the same main objective, which is Profit Making. They make profit from the money generated by the customers who have bought their product, or used their service. The main areas of the private sector in the leisure and recreation industry are: - Retail sales. - Catering and accommodation. - Entertainment. - Home-based leisure. - Health and Fitness. An example: An example of home-based leisure is the home-video company Blockbuster. They lend videos and D.V.D, which people watch at home. They then return the video or D.V.D and the service/transaction is complete. So Blockbuster's main objective is to hire out videos and make as much profit. To boost their profits they also sell sweets by the exit of the store, which is an attraction. Shareholders financed the company. And it now runs on its retained profit. So the advantages that they have are that they aren't in debt (loan). E4: Arts and Entertainment: Public Sector: The Arts Council: The main purpose of the Arts Council is to distribute government funds to groups/clubs they see appropriate. ...read more.

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The normal working hours are 37 to 40 hours a week, although they may be longer depending on the project. Work environments may range from quiet, modern, open-plan offices, to factory production areas, which may be noisy. Salaries range from around �17,000 to �42,000 or more. Mechanical engineers should: * be good at, and interested in, maths, science and technology * be good at planning and organisation * have a logical, inventive and inquiring mind * have good judgement and reasoning skills. Mechanical engineers can work in a wide range of industries. Some of the main ones include automotive, aerospace, marine, agricultural, chemical, civil, energy and medical. Employers include local and central government departments, the armed services, manufacturers, research and development companies, IT companies, and public utilities (eg water, gas, electricity). New entrants normally do a full-time engineering degree. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers have mature candidate schemes for adults who wish to become chartered engineers, Overseas, there are good opportunities with British firms of consulting or contracting engineers working for foreign governments, or with international oil and mining companies. Some mechanical engineers work independently as consultants. . Nathan Anderson ADDRESS 1 Knox Cottage Kiln Barn Road East Malling Kent ME19 6BG TELEPHONE 01732 846203 DATE OF BIRTH 27 March 1988 (16 years old) EDUCATION From September 1999 to June 2004 Mascalls School Maidstone Road Paddock Wood TN12 6JE QUALIFICATIONS (Predicted Grade) English GCSE C English Literature GCSE C Maths GCSE C Double Award Science GCSE C German GCSE C Sports GCSE B Buisness GCSE B R.E. GCSE B EMPLOYMENT Sainsburys Ayelsford Industrial Estate Ayelsford Been working for 4 months to date. The work includes MY QUALITIES I like to be helpful, punctual and efficient in what I do. I am very fit. I enjoy meeting and helping people. HOBBIES I am a member of Putlands Leisure Centre and go to the gym 3 times a week. I enjoy all things to do with sport and am joined to a football team. I also spend a lot of time social ...read more.

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