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  • We’ve spent X hours ?on training of the new employee.
  • We’ve spent X hours ?on training the new employee.
  • We’ve spent X hours ?for training the new employee.

Are these interchangeable?

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The first two are, but I wouldn't use the third –  Jim Aug 1 '12 at 14:19
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The first is grammatically incorrect. It should be something like "We've spent X hours on the training of the new employee." –  American Luke Aug 1 '12 at 14:20

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With "spend," I normally follow these patterns:

spend something + on + Noun

spend something + V+ing 

So, I would correct all your sentences this way:

We've spent X hours on the training of the new employee.

We've spent X hours training the new employee.

I wouldn't use "for."

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No, and you might as well simply say:

We've spent x hours training the new employee.

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