Could you not tackle this from an angle of any initiatives etc that you have identified and associated costs for that initiative?? e.g. I have recently identified a weakness in our accident/investigation process, the officers that work within the team need root cause analysis training so i had to send a report to the MD outlining the reasons why etc and costs backed up with the benefits, the MD reviewed and then signed off the training expenses.
Is that not securing finacial resources??? Thats how i interpret the question but then thats me!!
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