Social enterprise can meet the economic and social challenges of unemployment directly. Its most obvious contribution to tackling unemployment is through providing employment, training and work experience which lead to future work prospects and other subsequent benefits. However, creating formal, legitimate employment is simply the first step. Social enterprise generates wider social impact, empowerment and change. Instead of receiving government hand-outs, which can often maintain social boundaries, employees are agents and participants in everyday social economic exchange. Innovative approaches to organisational structure, products, partnerships, the use of profit and other dimensions of the business can positively impact employees, their communities and the environment.