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Return to Civvy Street

Laurent Larsson is a member of the expert training team at RISK, specialising in IOSH,NEBOSH and CITB. ELCAS funding helped him to make a successful return to Civvy Street following a long and distinguished military career, where he is now able to put his skills to the test and use them to guide others.

An international upbringing

Laurent joined the Army in 1985, doing his basic training in the Royal Pioneer Corp at Bassingbourn Barracks, alongside soldiers from the Royal Fusiliers and the Queen’s Regiment.

He was a well-travelled child, leaving England at the age of five with his father, who was foreign correspondent for a big newspaper in Paris. Laurent learned to speak French fluently, spending ten years in France before his father was transferred to Los Angeles, California, where they lived for another four years.

Back to Blighty

However, he missed England, so at nineteen, came back and joined the Army. He had wanted to serve since the Falklands War, in 1982, but was too young to do so at the time. During his time in the Forces, he was promoted to Lance Corporal, in Belize, in 1990.

He was detached to the Falkland Islands, Belize, Canada, Cyprus and Northern Ireland, along with many exercises in Germany, as part of the British Army of the Rhine. Laurent signed off while on detachment in Canada, giving one year’s notice of his intention to return to Civvy Street, he did find leaving the Army a wrench.

Opportunity knocks

Once demobbed, he worked in logistics for several years, when an opportunity arrived to work in construction as a stores supervisor for Laing O'Rourke. He was sent on a COSHH awareness course as part of his role, and his new career grew from there.

Laurent has worked with some of the biggest health and safety training organisations for the past ten years, delivering multiple courses on a range of subjects. He is a major asset to the team and we are delighted to have an ex-soldier of his calibre on board, delivering high-quality training and adding huge value to our clients, broker partners and course delegates.


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