Cycles for feedback is a big part of our organization. While it's embedded as a central teaching tool in our high school apprenticeship program and we still have work to do to attain clarity and consistency for supportive and actionable feedback loops at the staff and board level.
unCommon Construction relies on staff's ability to maintain and model professionalism, collaboration, and a spirit of teamwork in all aspects of our work. As such, staff evaluations are based on the same MHA Labs framework that creates the foundation for our program culture, and are based upon the same expectations used to evaluate high school apprentice technical, professional and leadership development.
unCommon Construction uses the build process to empower youth with the skills, network, resources, and experience to lead the workforce after high school or college.
Through unCommon's high school apprenticeship program, students from different schools apply to join a diverse team to earn hourly pay and school credit for building a house in a semester. Upon the sale of each home, apprentices also earn a matching "Equity Award" scholarship for further education, industry certifications or the tools they need for a full-time job. With 100+ hours of experience in a real-world learning environment per semester, apprentices develop skills and relationships that last as long as the house they use to do so.