MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – More than 400 top local businesspeople are helping young job seekers hone their interview techniques this week at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

From Monday to Thursday, the STEP-UP program will offer mock job interviews for 1,600 low-income people ages 14-21 as they get ready to apply for summer work. The interviews will be held from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., a press release from AchieveMpls, a program partner, said.

Richard Davis, the president and CEO of U.S. Bank, and Todd Klingel, the president and CEO of the city’s chamber of commerce, are among the businesspeople volunteering in the program.

Davis, who co-chairs STEP-UP with Mayor R.T. Rybak, called the program is an investment in the city’s collective future.

“STEP-UP is now a nationally-recognized model for workforce development and youth mentorship, and has provided life-changing opportunities for thousands of young people,” Davis said. “It also yields tremendous benefits for Twin Cities companies by building a talented future workforce.”

Volunteers will also be present from Allianz Life, Cargill, the Children’s Hospital, General Mills, Health Partners, Medtronic, Piper Jaffray, Pohlad Foundation, Thrivent Financial, Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy, among other companies, the press release said.

The Minneapolis Convention Center is located on 1301 Second Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis.

For more on the program, go to STEP-UP’s website.