I've refreshed my skills HTML and CSS, and made a couple of websites as part of the course. Perhaps you can tell buy the tweaks I've been making to my various sites! I've also been learning Python and trying to make a text adventure game, and learning a little bit of Java. Hopefully as I improve these new skills I can begin to create my online web magazine or work with someone to create a better quality one than I could on my own.
As for the possibility of an IT apprenticeship, I am currently attending some interviews, so watch this space. It would give me less time to write, but more money and more opportunities to have things to write about.