ProSkill International Mentoring Programme

The EU-funded project ProSkill aims to develop a high-skill ecosystem to tackle skill problems and gaps in the mineral raw materials industry of the Visegrád countries. One of the activities organised to achieve this is the ProSkill International Mentoring Programme, coordinated by project partner European Federation of Geologists (EFG).

Mentoring is a training process in which experienced professionals (mentors) guide other individuals (mentees) in their professional development in a targeted way and over a fixed period. 

The ProSkill International Mentoring Programme is matching students (mentees) from project partner universities with industry professionals (mentors). The employees of the future will have to adapt to new challenges and changes in the industry. In addition, they will need to develop both technical and soft skills, which are not necessarily learnt at university. The mentors are experienced professionals who are European Geologists’ title holders. Their vast experience can help mentees to know which are the current and future needs of the industry.

 Some of the benefits the mentees can obtain are:

  • broadening their professional network 
  • improving technical knowledge in a particular field 
  • improving leadership/management skills 
  • acquiring practical tools and strategies for the transition from a junior role into roles with higher responsibilities 
  • benefiting from insider knowledge about work perspectives in another geosciences sector or other countries and obtaining practical advice and contacts

If you would like to know more about the EFG/ProSkill International Mentoring programme, you can find more information here: 


Workshop on digital education tools and European Minerals Day event in Slovakia

The Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU) has organised recently two events within the framework of the ProSkill project. 

On 22nd October 2021, on the occasion of the European Minerals Day, STU organised the online event for high school and university students ‘Minerals for our everyday lives’. The thematic event focused on illustrating the essential role of mineral raw materials in the World’s economy. The invited speakers were Ing. Igor Wachter, PhD. and Ing. Tomas Stefko, PhD., experienced researchers from the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology in Trnava, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.

In addition, STU also organised the ProSkill online workshop ‘Digital education tools for teachers and students – challenges in education of the Z and Alfa generation’ on 28th October 2021. The workshop for 12 lecturers from STU was led by Ing. Martin Foltin, PhD., lecturer, businessman and experienced country manager with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry.

Workshop: Effective ways of mentoring and other best practices in the raw materials industries

  Join us on a fascinating workshop on mentoring in the field of raw materials.  The workshop ‘Effective ways of mentoring and other best practices in the raw materials industries‘ will be on 6 May 2021, 16:30 – 18:00 CEST (Brussels time). Engineering Geologist Ruth Allington will be moderating the session. Two longstanding mentors, John […]

Competency test for students

One of the main objectives of the ProSkill project is to develop a skill ecosystem for the raw materials sector in the Visegrád Four countries.  For this purpose, ProSkill partners have conducted a survey and in-depth interviews among companies and professionals based in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Partners are analysing the feedback […]

ProSkill Questionnaire

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