The MBO Group has a total workforce of around 385. More than 100 colleagues work at our headquarters in Swabian Oppenweiler, about 40 km north-east of Stuttgart. And about 14 percent of these are currently in training.

We are very conscious of our social responsibility, especially in our region, known as the Rems-Murr-Kreis. That is why we have traditionally placed great importance on supporting young professionals. If you would like to see a detailed description of our offers for trainees (m/f/x) or school or university students (m/f/x) at the Oppenweiler (Germany) factory, please change to “Deutsch” (German) at the top right in the language settings.

We also work closely with vocational schools and universities which offer educational opportunities for the graphics industry. The educational institutions which we support and promote include the following:




11/11/2021Schools visit MBO as part of career preparation

In the MBO showroom, the students saw a running folding machine with cobot.
The students were able to find out more about the individual professions from the company’s current trainees.
MBO gave the students a guided tour of the company building in several small groups.

MBO takes the initiative and seeks dialogue with the schools in the region
Companies in almost every industry are feeling the effects of the lack of skilled workers, and MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH from Oppenweiler is no exception. So what could be more logical than to seize the initiative and go in search of well-educated young recruits?

MBO, a mid-sized mechanical engineering company, did just that and approached secondary schools in the region. In mid-November, the 8th years of the Mörike Gemeinschaftsschule Backnang and the 9th year of the Lautereck-Realschule Sulzbach visited the company as part of career preparation lessons, which are a fixed element in the timetable of the higher classes at schools. Following a tour of the company, the students had the opportunity to speak directly to the MBO trainees in a relaxed atmosphere and ask them questions.

MBO currently has 17 trainees who will qualify in one of the six professions offered: electronics engineer for operating technology (f/m/d), IT specialist (f/m/d), industrial business management assistant (f/m/d), industrial mechanic (f/m/d), technical product designer (f/m/d) and technical systems planner (f/m/d). Great value is placed on training these young people across disciplines and teaching them to network with each other. To achieve this aim, among other things, they are assigned complex project tasks which they organise, process and implement themselves.

As an incentive for gaining good marks, MBO offers trainees who successfully complete their training a two-week stay abroad, in the company’s Portuguese production facility near Porto. The company also organises regular trips, and trainees receive subsidies for travel on the VVS public transport network.

Anyone interested in training at MBO can find out more on the website or apply directly to the e-mail address

11/08/2021Team building for the MBO trainees

The MBO trainees got to know each other better while hiking and barbecuing.
The MBO trainees got to know each other better while hiking and barbecuing.

Hiking and barbecuing together strengthens their sense of unity
The MBO Group employs a total of 400 people at its four locations worldwide. Five percent of them are currently in training.

Among other things, the trainees at MBO are entrusted with complex project tasks for which they work together with employees and trainees from other disciplines. This is how they get to know all areas of the company and network with each other. The regular trainee excursions, which take place twice a year, also contribute to team building. One takes the trainees to a partner company. The other excursion, which is planned by the trainees themselves, is all about having fun.

Due to the corona situation, only one excursion could take place this year, and it was smaller than in other years. The trainees organised a hike through the hills of the Rems-Murr district, where the autumn colours were on display. On the way, they took a break at the public barbecue area. The trainees had bought and driven all the necessary utensils, food and drinks to the barbecue area earlier in the day. Especially the four new trainees who started their training this year took the chance to make new contacts and get to know the trainees from the other departments during the preparations and on the actual team building day.

Anyone interested in training at MBO can find out more on the website or apply directly to the e-mail address

09/21/2021Trainee Project: MBO takes part in Sustainability Days

Draft concept for the modular bike storage facility for e-bikes.
The film team from German TV channel SWR interviews MBO's trainees about the progress of the sustainable bicycle stand.
Exterior shots from German TV channel SWR: MBO has been offering its employees bike leasing for three years.

German TV station reports on trainee project “Sustainable bike storage facility for e-bikes”
In cooperation with the District Office of the Rems-Murr-Kreis, MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH took part in the Sustainability Days of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which took place from 17 to 20 September 2021. The event is part of the annual European Sustainability Week, the aim of which is to raise awareness of the topics climate and health.

MBO’s participation took the form of an information event on the project “Sustainable bike storage facility”. MBO trainees informed external visitors about the current status of the project. The German TV channel SWR reported on the event afterwards in the show “Landesschau”. The report can be found in the SWR media library (starting from minute 1:00):

From initial idea to concept
MBO has offered its employees the option of leasing bikes since 2019. Until now, however, the company lacked suitable storage and charging facilities for the e-bikes. MBO set its trainees the complex task of developing a corresponding facility.

The trainee product designers developed two possible design concepts. Both concepts provide a covered, modular storage facility for six bicycles each. When designing the parking unit, the apprentices took into account various standards including stipulations such as ensuring that the bicycles are protected against being scratched and from rolling out and that standard tyre sizes can be accommodated. In addition, lockers are provided that offer sufficient space for a bicycle helmet, drinking bottle and charger. The compartments incorporate a socket for charging the bicycles. They are secured with an electric lock and equipped with ventilation slots. Three LED lights are installed on the ceiling, which are coupled to a motion detector. There are four photovoltaic modules on the roof.

This is where the apprentice MBO electronics technicians come into play. They analysed a detailed operating concept for charging the bicycles as well as for supplying power to the LED lights. Their designs were based on an assumed primary usage time of 7 am to 4 pm. The bicycle stand with the photovoltaic modules on it is optimised in terms of its orientation for the primary usage time. The built-in control optimises the operational management to ensure the ideal distribution of the available energy.

Speedy project implementation this year
The project is already in the implementation phase and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The next step is therefore in the hands of apprentices in the technical product design area. They are tasked with finalising the design based on the conceptual plans, taking into account the statics and various production processes, before the project can be handed over to the business administration apprentices for parts procurement.

At the Oppenweiler site, MBO is currently training 17 apprentices in six different professions. It is very important that young people are trained across disciplines, network with each other and learn to organise themselves independently. The company has learned a lot in recent months and is particularly proud of the work carried out by its apprentices.

09/03/2021Three new trainees at MBO

MBO welcomes its three new trainees.

For three young people, training at MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH has begun. They will be trained in one of a total of six possible professions. This means there are currently 17 women and men undergoing professional training, which is a quota of around 15 percent.

During this time, they receive in-depth and personal support from their training managers. At MBO, training partly takes the form of cross-department project work. This is not only important in ensuring the internal networking of each individual. It also gives trainees insight into areas of activity within the company which have nothing to do with the actual profession they are training for, which promotes a better understanding of the work of employees in other areas of the company. For example, trainees recently designed an environmentally friendly parking facility for e-bikes and conventional bicycles, including a charging station. The facility is scheduled for installation later this year.

In addition, MBO organises regular events for trainees in all professions and on all levels. These events include visits to partner companies or team-building exercises. Trainees can also take advantage of subsidised local public transport when travelling to the vocational training college. And it goes without saying that coffee, tea and water are provided free of charge. If they do well in their final exams, the trainees can look forward to a roughly two-week placement at the MBO Máquinas plant in Perafita, Portugal. Their stay abroad includes a free weekend, during which they can explore the nearby city of Porto.

MBO is extremely proud of its young trainees, nearly 100 percent of whom are offered permanent jobs after successfully passing their final exams. Anyone interested in professional training with MBO can submit an application with immediate effect.

MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH wishes its new trainees a good start to their professional life and every success.

10/30/2019Trip to the Therme Erding

The 13 trainees and the three staff members who accompanied them enjoyed a great day out in the Therme Erding.

On Tuesday at 6 a.m., the trainees met in the car park in front of the company building to set out together on their journey south. When we arrived at around 10.30 a.m., the car park at the spa was of course already quite full. However, with an area of 185,000 m², the Therme Erding can accommodate large numbers of visitors without crowding.

The trainees gave the 27 spectacular water slides a thorough testing. In addition to the 1,450 m² thermal pool, the interior area also offers numerous wellness options. For example, the trainees could choose to enjoy the thermal and steam baths of the Vitality Oasis. And those who preferred could lie down and relax in Sauna World. With 27 different saunas, it offers an extremely wide range of options. Although our trip did not actually take us as far as the tropics, we had palm trees, warm water, waves and had a fantastic time.

We would like to thank the management, the members of staff who accompanied us and the drivers. Without you, it would not have been possible to organise and carry out such a great trip for the trainees.

Text: Fabian Menhorn and Kevin Kurz