PHOEBE Tully has a fair idea about many of the biggest obstacles to women finding work in the Surat Basin, but she's keen to hear it direct from the women as part of a new research project.

Count Me In is all about identifying the impediments to women gaining employment in the Surat Basin and fixing those problems.

Ms Tully joined about 40 councillors, business people and women looking for work at University of Southern Queensland yesterday to launch the new research program.

"We think we know many of the biggest barriers to women gaining employment, but we really need to hear it from the women," she said.

"The most common problems are availability of childcare, a lack of training or skills and outdated skills.

"This program aims to find out exactly what the problems are and fix them, so if we hear that the biggest problem is having no trained childcare professionals in Mitchell, then we'll be finding local women the right training."

For more information see yq.org.au, email countmein@yq.org.au or call 4632 2610.



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