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E-Learning training opportunities provided by Nimble for member councils

YLCA are excited to be working with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Nimble Training to provide online training sessions that councillors and clerks can take at any time. These sessions, (described as E-Learning sessions), offer a flexible, time and cost-effective way of learning. Whilst they are not specifically tailored to the local council sector, they do provide officers and local councillors an introduction/overview to each topic, as listed, some of which we might not normally cover but are still relevant. Once enrolled on a training session you can take up to 12 months to complete it. The cost is £17.50 per delegate, per session, and a list of topics are below. To enrol, complete the booking form, attached above, or email for further details.

Civility and Respect Project course - E-Learning via Nimble, full information via the Civility and Respect Page.


Menopause Essentials
Duration 45 mins

This course will increase your awareness of menopause and give practical advice on how you can support yourself and those around you.

We'll finish the course with a quick quiz to help you see if you've grasped the main learning points, but remember, the real test is putting what you learn into action!


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognise how menopause affects women in different ways
  • Take steps to create a more supportive workplace for those experiencing menopause

Working at Heights Essentials
Duration: 30-45 mins

If you've ever balanced on a chair and felt it wobble beneath you, you'll recognise the heart-pounding rush of adrenaline that comes with a near miss!

But thousands of people every year aren't so lucky. Falls from height are the leading cause of fatal accidents and serious injury in the UK workplace today. And you don't have to be working on a roof for this to apply to you... two thirds of all major injuries occur at low levels of two metres or less!

The good news is, most work at height (WaH) accidents are avoidable. By recognising risks and adopting safe practices, you can ensure you take a grounded approach to work at height!


In this course, you'll learn how to recognise risk and follow best practice to stay safe and injury-free when working at height.

  • Recall which type of activities classify as 'work at height' (WaH)
  • Recognise your employer's and your own responsibilities under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR)
  • Identify risks most commonly associated with working at height
  • Plan a safe approach to performing work at height
  • Use stepladders and leaning ladders safely

Mental Health Awareness
20 minutes

Mental health is an important part of everybody's wellbeing.

During this course we'll explore the causes and impact of things that can affect peoples mental health. In part one we'll be looking at depression, and in part two we'll cover stress. We'll also have tips on how to spot signs of mental health issues in yourself and others, and ways to stay mentally healthy.

By the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • Understand the causes and impacts of mental health conditions
  • Identify key signs and symptoms of mental health conditions
  • Understand mental health needs, conditions and the continuum
  • Know how to stay mentally healthy
  • Explain how to support colleagues and family
  • Recognise when they themselves need support

Stress Management Essentials
45 minutes

This course explains what stress is and how your body responds to it. We look at ways to reduce stress and give you coping strategies to better manage your stress levels.

Environmental Awareness Essentials
45 minutes

The climate emergency is headlining the news, yet the catastrophic consequences reported can feel very distant. All too slowly we're learning that a healthy environment is essential to our survival, and to the future of our planet.

While many individuals and businesses alike are trying to operate more sustainably, we often miss simple opportunities to make a positive impact on our environment - not because we don't care, but because we lack awareness. Doing our bit to safeguard our future starts with expanding our knowledge.

This course explores just some of the environmental challenges we're facing and how you and your organisation can play a part in helping to tackle them.

Human Factors Essentials
45 minutes

This course helps you understand types of human error and provides guidance on how to recognise and manage 'error traps'. You'll also gain an awareness of the Human Performance (HuP) tools that can help mitigate any error traps which can't be removed.

When you finish the course, you'll be asked to demonstrate your understanding of some of the key points by completing a short assessment.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the main types of errors that humans make
  • Identify key workplace error traps in order to remove or manage them
  • Recognise which Human Performance (HuP) tools can be used to mitigate error traps that can't be removed

Understanding Precepts
45 minutes

In this course you will learn

  • What a precept is and how a Parish Council receives it
  • What a Parish Council needs to do in preparation for setting it
  • How a Parish Council can justify the money it seeks
  • Who should be consulted

Anti-Bribery Essentials
Duration: 45 minutes

Bribery is known by many names - a sweetener, kickback or backhander - but would you really know if it was going on in your workplace? The Bribery Act 2010 was introduced to halt corruption and bribery in the UK, and in organisations associated with the UK.

During this course we'll explore anti-bribery legislation under the Act, look at what constitutes bribery, and provide tips on how you can spot it. You'll learn when it's ok to accept a work-related gift, and when a 'gift' is considered bribery under the law.

Data Protection Essentials
Duration: 45 minutes

Every time we buy a product, sign up to a service or get a new job, we willingly hand over our personal information, placing our trust in countless companies to handle our data securely and responsibly, despite frequent news of hacks and data breaches. With technology now playing such an integral role in data management, it has been imperative that data protection laws evolve to reflect this.

As a company employee, the responsibility falls on you to keep individuals' data safe, secure and processed appropriately. As such, you need to know about, and comply with, current data protection regulations – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 – to avoid serious legal consequences for you and your employer. This course will help you understand the aims and provisions of the UK's data protection legislation and offers essential, practical advice on how to make yourself compliant.

Display Screen Equipment Assessment
Duration: 45 minutes

Any employer that employs individuals who are desk-based for more than 2 hours a day are legally obliged to analyse workstations, assess and reduce risks. This course ensures organisations comply with the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Health and Safety Regulations. It will also help reduce absenteeism and injuries in employees, and improve staff well-being and performance.

Much more than just another DSE course, this course also includes extensive all-embracing information about posture. It provides learners with fundamentals on posture, as well as a practical manual on making adjustments to their workstation.

The course was designed in cooperation with leading expert Rachel Stevens from Optimum Performance Training Ltd, who has over 25 years' experience of providing posture training, DSE workstation assessments and musculoskeletal advice.

Equality and Diversity Essentials
Duration: 45 minutes

Certain characteristics are protected by the equality law and it is necessary for every employee to know what these are, so they can abide by the equality legislation. If a person feels your organisation (or someone in your organisation) has treated them unfairly, they can start a grievance procedure or take their case to the employment tribunal. It is important to make sure everyone in your organisation complies with equality law.

The course boosts understanding of the equality and diversity legislation, and its hand-picked examples demonstrate the benefits that come from promoting equality and diversity in the workplace.

Fire Safety Essentials
Duration: 45 minutes

The risk of fire and the resulting threat to human life is very real. You will no doubt be aware of the devastating consequences fire can have, but do you know how to prevent fires and what to do in the event of a fire?

This course aims to change the way you think about fire. It will help you to recognise and reduce fire hazards in your workplace, and will explain what you need to do in the unlikely event of a fire. The overall risk of a fire occurring is significantly lowered by having knowledgeable staff, making fire safety training a must in every workplace.

Freedom of Information Essentials
Duration: 45 minutes

Being able to access information held by public authorities is an important right in an open society.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act gives a structure to the way information is accessed and disclosed in the public domain. Public authorities have to adhere to the Act and publish information correctly and deal with requests for information as outlined in the Act.

This highly interactive course effectively demonstrates the provisions of the FOI act using engaging case studies throughout. Both publishing information and requests for information are explained and discussed in-depth with examples and detailed case studies.

Health and Safety Essentials
Duration: 45 minutes

Keeping your employees healthy and safe should be a major consideration for your organisation; to comply with the Health and Safety legislation and to make sure you have happy and healthy employees. All incidents and injuries in the workplace affect the well-being of your employees and the productivity of your organisation.

There are many measures you could put in place to protect the physical and mental well-being of staff. This course discusses these measures and stresses the importance of health and safety to keep employees safe and healthy at work and at home. It uses interactions and specifically designed content to maximise learning outcomes.

Home Working Essentials
Duration: 45 minutes

More people than ever before have swapped their daily office commute for a shuffle down the hallway to a home-based workstation. It's certainly a cultural shift!

Trying to establish a productive work routine in the epicentre of our home lives can seem like an impossible task, but don't worry - this course is here to help.

We'll provide some tips and advice on how to become an effective home worker. You'll receive guidance on setting up your workspace, staying safe and secure, communicating remotely, and maintaining productivity while away from the office.

As you adapt your working practices to help maintain the smooth running of your business, remember that your company is there to support you every step of the way.

Information Security Essentials
Duration: 45 minutes

Cyber terrorists, hacktivists, ransomware - it all sounds a bit 'James Bond', doesn't it? Yet the rise in remote working has left many organisations exposed to a greater 'attack surface', resulting in a surge in cyber-crime.

Organisations that fall prey to cyber criminals due to information security failures suffer the consequences of reduced productivity, damaged customer relationships, tarnished reputations, and significant financial penalties.

Information security breaches are often related to human error. The knowledge gained in this course will help you follow secure working practices, whenever and wherever you work.

Introduction to Local Parish and Town Councils

Suitable for new Councillors and Council Officers, this e-learning module includes a range of activities to help you develop your knowledge of Parish and Town Councils. This is an introduction to the powers, duties, meetings and finance and will prepare a Councillor to join one of YLCA's more in depth webinar training sessions.

By the end of the course, you should be able to

  • Understand the role of the local councillor
  • Identify the council's purpose
  • Appreciate how decisions are made
  • Identify the principles of public life
  • Recognise the council's legal context
  • Understand how the council manages its money

The sections include:

Finance; and

There will be a short assessment at the end of each section of the course to check your learning and understanding of the topic.

A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the content and assessments.

Manual Handling
Duration: 45 minutes

Many of us move and lift loads in our daily work, often without giving much thought to the potential consequences. Yet, workplace injuries to the back, shoulders and neck are common with millions of working days lost to musculoskeletal disorders every year.

The impact of these injuries can be considerable for employers, but particularly for the individuals involved. While acute injuries may heal quickly, longer-term chronic problems can significantly affect a sufferer's health, wellbeing and quality of life.

When we lift and move loads during our daily working life, it's vital that we know how to prevent injury - by actively reducing risks, a better awareness of posture, and using effective manual handling technique.

In this introductory section, we'll explore the risks and our legal responsibilities related to manual handling.

Modern Slavery
Duration: 45 minutes

The illegal and morally corrupt practice of modern slavery and human trafficking is sadly alive and thriving today, to the tune of 40.3 million slaves worldwide. In fact, one of the largest offenders is the UK, with reported cases increasing across many industries, including agriculture, construction, hospitality and manufacturing.

Would you know how to recognise a victim of slavery? It's every organisation's ethical responsibility to ensure managers and employees can identify the characteristics of modern slavery and ensure they remain compliant with the Modern Day Slavery Act 2015.

This course, looks at the extent of modern slavery in the UK; how to spot the signs of a victim; what to watch out for as an employer and how to report concerns to ensure vulnerable people are identified and supported.

Personal Safety
Duration: 45 minutes

Personal safety awareness training is very effective in reducing violent and aggressive incidents in the workplace and beyond. Staff can benefit from this course's advice at work and in everyday situations. Throughout the course there are tips and strategies to be more safety conscious, to help employees minimise their vulnerability and enable them to avoid situations and environments that might place them at greater risk.

Team Leadership Essentials
Duration: 45 minutes

Some people are natural leaders, but most of us need to develop these skills. Leadership skills like strategic thinking, communication, motivation, and personal qualities are essential for being an effective leader. Luckily these skills can developed and strengthened, so that your employees will become effective leaders.

This highly interactive course helps your employees effectively lead teams towards a shared goal, by developing their leadership skills and using different leadership styles dependent on the situation.

Intro to Planning
Duration: 45 mins

Planning is always one of the most popular topics for training, and recent surveys indicate a high demand for aspects of training relating to this subject.

To respond to this WALC have developed this eLearning module as our second theme to follow the Introduction to Parish Councils.

This module will provide a simple introduction to the topic; not everything can be covered and attending a full training event is recommended to get a complete understanding. This course would be excellent preparation.

Last updated: Wed, 05 Apr 2023 09:21